Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Follow These Tips to Avoid Flare-Ups of COPD

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Follow These Tips to Avoid Flare-Ups of COPD

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Dear Doctor K: I have COPD. What can I do to avoid symptom flare- ups?

Dear Reader: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, is a long-term condition that makes breathing difficult. Breathing is a lot easier if you take your medicine and do any other therapy as directed.

Several types of medicines reduce the risk of flare-ups. Inhaled corticosteroids that reduce inflammation in the breathing tubes are one kind. Long-acting bronchodilators that keep the breathing tubes wide are another kind. A third kind are long-acting anticholinergics, which also act to keep the breathing tubes wide.

Other types of medicines are used to treat flare-ups. These include bronchodilator and anticholinergic drugs that act rapidly and do not last as long as the drugs used to reduce the risk of flare-ups. …

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