How is emphysema treated?

There are several medications that may be able to help treat your emphysema. Bronchodilators and inhaled steroids are often used to help you breathe easier. They work by relaxing your airways and relieving inflammation. Unfortunately, these medications aren't effective for everyone with emphysema. Other medications can be used to help prevent further complications. For example, inoculations against the flu and pneumonia will help prevent you from developing either of these conditions, both of which can make your emphysema much worse. Antibiotics work similarly by treating bacterial infections that may also cause complications. People suffering from both gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and emphysema may find some relief from using medications to treat their GERD.

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