Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a progressive illness with no cure, but certain medications may be prescribed to help patients deal with the symptoms of the disease. These may include inhalers, which can help reduce inflammation and improve airflow. There are three different types of inhalers commonly used to treat COPD: bronchodilators, glucocorticosteroids or a combination of the two.
It’s important to talk with your doctor before beginning any new treatment, and to explore which options may be right for you.
How inhalers help treat COPD symptoms
Bronchodilators are a class of drugs that expand the airway by relaxing the muscles around it. This can make it easier for those with COPD to breathe and take in more oxygen, which in turn can help combat fatigue. There are also two types of bronchodilators: short-acting and long-term.
For people with early stage or less severe COPD, a doctor may prescribe a short-acting inhaler, which can be used every four to six hours. These are used with occasional flare-ups on an as-needed basis.
Long-term bronchodilators, on the other hand, are used in more severe or later stage cases of COPD and are used every 12 hours. In certain instances, doctors may prescribe a combination of both types of bronchodilators to calm the airways and provide fast-acting relief as needed.
Steroids also help open the airways and can be useful for people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
With more severe cases of COPD, combination inhalers may be effective. These harness the power of both bronchodilators and steroids to reduce inflammation and mucus in the airways and provide relief from symptoms.
Cellular therapy can also provide relief from COPD
While inhalers can help treat the symptoms of COPD, cellular therapy uses the patient’s own cells to encourage the growth of new, healthy lung tissue. This can help reduce the damage caused by chronic lung disease and treat the underlying cause of your symptoms. For information on whether cellular therapy may be an option for you, contact a patient coordinator today at (866) 805-7980.