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Dx C.O.P.D. (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)Treatment:

COPD: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

The Merck Manual Home Edition states:
"Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is persistent narrowing (obstruction) of the airways occurring with emphysema, chronic obstructive bronchitis, or both disorders.
•Cigarette smoking is the most important cause of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
•People develop a cough and eventually become short of breath.
• Diagnosis is made with chest x-rays and tests of lung function.
• Stopping smoking and taking drugs that help keep airways open are important.
• People who have severe disease may need to take other drugs, use oxygen, or have pulmonary rehabilitation. ".

Medications used in Treatment:
1. Beta Agonists: Pulmicort
2. Beta Agonists/Anticholingerics:
3. Beta-2 Agonists/Anticholingerics:
4. Methylxanthines:
5. PDE5 Inhibitors: Revatio/ sildenafil
6. Mucolytics: acetylcysteine
7. CMV Nucleoside Analogues:
8. Methylxanthine/Expectorant Combinations

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*N.H.S. Choices

*[Editor]  Schrader Protocol has been helpful for asthma patients and can be used initially with patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.

*[Editor] The use of continuous macrolide antibiotic for C.O.P.D. showed a 22%% reduction in exacerbations versus not change in pulsed therapy. These results to do apply to any other antibiotic as the study was limited to macrolide.

Jonathan Wright, M.D. reports the use of SSKI (iodine) in improving Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease. The protocol offers a potential improvement to a chronic condition and should be reviewed.

Compounding Pharmacists report that glutathione can be nebulized and used to deliver anti-oxidants into the bronchioles. Another published report suggests nebulized DHEA-sulfate, not DHEA, can have beneficial effects.

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