Featured COPD Articles
Descriptions of Featured COPD Articles
COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) is a lung disease characterized by difficulty breathing. As this eMedTV article explains, it develops when lung damage occurs. This page offers an overview of this condition, including symptoms and treatment.
Emphysema is a lung disease that is often caused by smoking cigarettes. This selection from the eMedTV Web site takes an in-depth look at this condition and its causes, symptoms, and treatment options.
Spiriva is commonly used to treat chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Regular use, as this eMedTV page explains, can help keep airways open and prevent spasms. The drug's effects, possible side effects, and dosing information are also discussed.
Theophylline is a prescription medication licensed to treat airway spasms in people with asthma or COPD. This eMedTV resource offers a more in-depth look at theophylline and its uses, effects, possible side effects, and dosing information.
Bromelain is a type of pineapple enzyme that may have several medicinal benefits. This eMedTV Web page offers an overview of this substance, including information on how it works, possible side effects, and general safety precautions.
Common emphysema symptoms include coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breath. As this eMedTV page explains, symptoms generally occur in people who are at least 40 years old. This article provides an overview of the signs and symptoms of this disease.
Atrovent is a prescribed drug that treats chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or a runny nose. As this eMedTV page explains, Atrovent opens airways and decreases fluid production in the nasal cavity. The page also lists side effects and dosing tips.
Terbutaline is a prescription medicine that is used for treating emphysema and asthma. This page on the eMedTV Web site describes the effects of terbutaline, explains when and how to take the medication, and offers dosing information for the drug.
End Stage COPD
In the end stage of COPD, severe problems, such as respiratory failure or heart failure, may occur. This eMedTV Web resource further discusses the end stage of this illness, including possible treatment options your doctor may recommend.
Combivent is typically prescribed to treat chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). This eMedTV article explains how the medication works, describes its effects, and lists potential side effects that can occur.
Serevent is a prescription drug often used for treating airway spasms due to asthma or COPD. This page on the eMedTV Web site takes an in-depth look at Serevent uses, side effects, strengths, and general dosing guidelines.
Albuterol sulfate is a prescription drug that is used to treat airway spasms caused by asthma or COPD. This eMedTV page describes various albuterol sulfate products, explains how the medication works, and lists possible side effects that may occur.
Foradil is a prescribed medicine approved to treat or prevent airway spasms and exercise-induced asthma. This eMedTV article explains how the drug works, highlights some potential side effects, and offers tips on when and how to take the medication.
Brovana is a medicine approved for the treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. This eMedTV resource explains how Brovana works, describes the effects of the drug, and offers information on when and how to take the medication.
As this eMedTV article explains, the Advair Diskus is prescribed to treat bronchospasms caused by asthma or COPD. This Web page takes an in-depth look at how this new type of inhaler is used and how it works to open up the airways to the lungs.
Stages of Emphysema
The four stages of emphysema include: at-risk, mild emphysema, moderate emphysema, and severe emphysema. This eMedTV article provides an overview of these stages and explains that they are identified through a breathing test called spirometry.
DuoNeb can be used to prevent airway spasms due to COPD. This eMedTV article provides a detailed overview of the drug, including information on how it works, potential side effects, and tips on when and how to use the nebulizer.
This section of the eMedTV Web site describes the four COPD stages in detail, including how the symptoms get progressively worse with each stage and tests used to make the determination. The stages include at risk, mild, moderate, and severe.