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Treatment for COPD Patients: Developing a COPD Treatment Plan

13 Oct 2016
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Treatment for COPD Patients: Developing a COPD Treatment Plan

One of the many challenges of living with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is finding the right treatment for COPD patients. COPD affects everyone differently and at varying rates of progression. COPD is a chronic, progressive disease, meaning it will worsen over time. When you’ve been diagnosed with COPD, you and your doctor will work together to develop the best COPD treatment plan for you. While there is not a cure for COPD, treatment for COPD patients is available. Here’s what you need to know.

Types of Treatment for COPD Patients

There are many types of treatment for COPD patients. For example, your doctor may recommend medications, oxygen therapy, pulmonary rehabilitation, lifestyle changes and alternative therapies. It’s important to see your doctor regularly, even if you’re feeling well. Your doctor will monitor your COPD symptoms, lung function and general health. If you notice a change in your COPD symptoms or start to feel unwell, call your doctor immediately.

Prescription Medications

Many doctors will recommend and prescribe prescription medications. There are many different kinds of medications. For example, standard treatment for COPD patients typically includes inhalers. These inhalers can be short or long-acting, meaning they may be used as a rescue inhaler to ease sudden COPD symptoms or used to prevent symptoms over a long period of time. Some inhalers combine two different types of medication in the same inhaler. These are called combination inhalers, and they care commonly prescribed.

Bronchodilators are also often prescribed to relax your airways, helping them to stay open for easier breathing. The two types of bronchodilators are called beta-agonists and anticholinergics.

Beta-agonists work to relax tightened muscles in your airways, and anticholinergics help prevent muscles around your airways from tightening. Anticholinergics can also help clear mucus from your lungs.

Sometimes your doctor may prescribe inhaled or oral steroids to help reduce inflammation and prevent COPD flare-ups. Staying up-to-date on your flu and pneumonia vaccines is also important to your lung health and overall health.

People with COPD often have difficulty receiving enough oxygen. Because oxygen is essential to a properly functioning body, your doctor may prescribe oxygen therapy to ensure you’re getting enough oxygen.

Non-Prescription Treatments

Treatment for COPD Patients: Developing a COPD Treatment Plan

Non-prescription treatment for COPD patients can include a variety of options, including eating a lung-healthy diet, getting enough exercise, quitting smoking, taking vitamins and supplements and trying herbs.

Because exercise tolerance diminishes as COPD progresses, many people don’t get enough exercise. It has been shown that people with COPD who exercise enjoy a better overall quality of life. Talk with your doctor about a COPD exercise plan that includes gentle exercises, such as walking, yoga and Tai Chi.

Pulmonary rehabilitation is a program designed to help people with COPD improve their lung function and quality of life. It combines exercise, breathing techniques, nutritional counseling and support. As part of the treatment for COPD patients, many people benefit from pulmonary rehab.

Alternative Therapies

Treatment for COPD patients can also include various alternative therapies, such as chiropractic care, acupuncture and stem cell therapy. For some patients, chiropractic care helped them feel better, reduced gasping for air and made it easier to walk longer distances. Some patients even noticed less muscle tension after receiving chiropractic care.

Acupuncture is an ancient therapy. In a recent study, people with COPD who received acupuncture noticed an improvement in their breathing, and they felt far less breathless.

A relatively new treatment for COPD patients is stem cell therapy. Instead of only working to manage the symptoms of COPD, stem cell therapy works to promote healing from within the lungs. Because of this, many patients report feeling better, breathing easier and living a more active lifestyle enjoying their favorite activities.

With so many treatments for COPD patients, you and your doctor will be able to find the best COPD treatment plan for you. If you or a loved one has COPD, emphysema, chronic bronchitis or another chronic lung disease and would like to learn more about stem cell treatment options, contact us at (800) 729-3065.


  1. PB

    7 days ago

    Dear Ann,

    Thanks for your comment and questions. Unfortunately, at this time, insurance companies and Medicare don’t cover treatment. However, we’re hopeful that treatment will be covered by insurance companies and Medicare in the near future. Keep in mind that it will take some time before the insurance companies see a financial benefit in their favor and then decide to cover it. That’s great news that you’ll be 5 years breast cancer free in April 2017. If you have COPD or another chronic lung disease and would like to learn more about your stem cell treatment options, feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149 to speak one-on-one with a patient coordinator. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Kind Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  2. PB

    7 days ago

    Dear Carol,

    Thanks for your comment. We’re glad that you have found this information helpful. We’re happy to answer your questions regarding stem cell therapy, so feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149 to speak one-on-one with a patient coordinator. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Kind Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  3. Carol Blackwell

    1 week ago

    I am so overjoyed to read this about ” stem cell therapy”,&”bone marrow” stuff. There is hope yet. I had chronic bronchitis as a child. Had ever color cough medicine with codiene that they made. I had allergy tests done in junior high. My back lit up. Started smoking & here I am. C O P D. I did like to know more….a lot more. I don’t have to give up, quite yet.

  4. Ann Vanderheiden

    1 week ago

    April 2017 will make 5 years breast cancer free. I am very interested in this treatment. My breast cancer was caused by taking hormones… not hereditary .
    Does Medicare or private insurance cover the stem cell procedure?
    I was told I may be eligible next year after 5 years cancer free. Are you located in the cancer center in Az?

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