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The battle against chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a long road for those who suffer from the condition. Patients that are plagued with COPD will experience chronic coughing, shortness of breath, wheezing and recurring flare-ups. On top of that, patients have to constantly stay up-to-date with their doctor and maintain a number of treatments to relieve the symptoms of this condition.
Affecting almost 24 million people in the United States alone, COPD treatments are usually limited to oxygen support, steroid inhalers and lifestyle modifications. Since there is no cure for this disease, the main focus of treatment is to reduce the symptoms. Just recently though, a new drug has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to help treat patients. So what exactly is this new FDA approved drug for COPD?
What is this New FDA Approved Drug for COPD?
This new drug is called Striverdi Respimat and is available as an inhalation spray to treat patients with COPD, including chronic bronchitis and/or emphysema. Striverdi Respimat can be used once daily over a long period of time. According to the FDA, this long-acting drug helps the muscles around the airways in the lungs stay relaxed to prevent symptoms. However, it is noted that it should not be used in patients with acutely deteriorating COPD, as it can cause serious side effects, including narrowing and obstruction of the respiratory airway and cardiovascular issues.
In the same press release from the FDA, it mentions that the effectiveness and safety of Striverdi Respimat was tested in a clinical trial including 3,104 people diagnosed with COPD. People who did receive this new medication showed improved lung function compared to people who were given a placebo. Some side effects reported by people using the drug during the clinical study included runny noses, upper respiratory tract infection, bronchitis, coughing, urinary tract infection, dizziness, rash, diarrhea, back and joint pain.
The study goes on to say that the FDA warns that the drug hasn’t been tested on asthma patients at this time. More research will be needed to measure the full effects of the FDA approved drug for COPD on patients with asthma. The new drug should be available to in the United States soon to patients with this condition. Of course, if you have any questions about Striverdi Respimat, be sure to do some research or talk to your doctor about all options.
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