Acute Exacerbations of COPD

Four studies comparing the efficacy of bronchodilators in acute exacerbations of COPD have failed to discern a difference among adrenergic agents,

Figure 5 Increase in FEVi of 15 patients with asthma (left panel) and 15 patients with chronic bronchitis (right panel). Abbreviations: P, placebo; I, ipratropium 40 mg MDI; F + T, fenoterol 5 mg plus oxtriphylline 400 mg oral. Source: From Ref. 52.

anticholinergic agents, or their combination (33,56-58). Current guidelines recommend combination therapy with adrenergic and anticholinergic agents (53,54).

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Coping with Asthma

Coping with Asthma

If you suffer with asthma, you will no doubt be familiar with the uncomfortable sensations as your bronchial tubes begin to narrow and your muscles around them start to tighten. A sticky mucus known as phlegm begins to produce and increase within your bronchial tubes and you begin to wheeze, cough and struggle to breathe.

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