Advertisement

Do medical treatments for COPD have side effects?

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is the chronic blockage of airways in the lungs. While medical treatments cannot reverse this blockage, they can alleviate symptoms and improve airflow. Common medical treatments include inhaled bronchodilators and inhaled corticosteroids. Bronchodilators generally do not have severe side effects, although some components may cause dry mouth or a fine tremor. Long term use of corticosteroids, however, can increase your risk for cataracts, diabetes, high blood pressure and osteoporosis.

Continue Learning about Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Treatment

How to Stick With Your COPD Treatment Plan
How to Stick With Your COPD Treatment Plan
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, is a progressive lung condition that can cause shortness of breath, chronic cough, fatigue and wheezin...
Read More
What medications do inhaled short-acting beta-agonists interact with?
Donna Hill Howes, RNDonna Hill Howes, RN
If you are taking a beta blocker, a strong CYP3A4 inhibitor, a drug that prolongs the QTc interval, ...
More Answers
How is oxygen used for COPD management?
Donna Hill Howes, RNDonna Hill Howes, RN
Oxygen therapy for 15 hours a day or more can help people live longer with chronic obstructive pulmo...
More Answers
Treadmill Talks: Alternative Health Treatment Improves Breathing in COPD Patients
Treadmill Talks: Alternative Health Treatment Improves Breathing in COPD Patients

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.