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The Basics
COPD

COPD Treatment
by S2H RT Staff
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Introduction to COPD

The treatment plan depends a lot on how far the disease has progressed. There are 4 stages to assist physicians in their treatment plans. These stages are categorized on the severity of symptoms and airflow measured.

1. Avoidance aka: stop smoking

2. Use a quick acting inhaler that dilates the narrowed airways (such as Albuterol)

3. Add a long acting bronchodilator medication. The doctor may also add inhaled steroids if the person is having frequent and increasing episodes of shortness of breath. Pulmonary rehab may also be a consideration at this point

4. Add long term oxygen therapy



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