Any new developments in COPD?

A question from my search-engine slush pile (and it’s a long time since I’ve typed those words, because nothing new is coming through), “anything new on COPD?”.

The simple – indeed, only – answer is a resounding No. Which is the reason I have, at least for now, stopped writing about it – everything I know is now on this blog.

There have been no really Continue reading

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Depression in COPD…

Depression, in chronic illness like COPD is understandable. However, what a lot of people don’t know is that it can be caused by their medication. (But – whatever you do – don’t stop taking it!)

Theophylline, and its derivatives, like Aminophylline (Phyllocontin Continus), can cause vitamin B6 deficiency.

B6 helps moderate the function of Continue reading

COPD and smoking… Don’t!

Another question from my search engine slush-pile “will my COPD stop if I stop smoking?”

No, it won’t, it’s yours for the rest of your life.

However, stopping smoking will ensure that the treatment for your COPD is more effective than it would otherwise be. But, on the other side of the coin, continuing to smoke will make your COPD a hell of a lot worse, far more difficult to manage, and shorten your life. And that life will not Continue reading

COPD and antibiotics…

I found this stating-the-bleeding-obvious gem in today’s Search Medica newsletter:-

Dramatic benefits for early antibiotics in at-risk patients with LRTI**

Prescribing antibiotics on the day of diagnosis of a lower respiratory tract infection, ‘dramatically’ reduces admissions and mortality related to respiratory infection, UK research reports. Antibiotic prescribing on the day of diagnosis lowered the rate of admissions by 27% and reduced mortality by as much as 69%.

(**LRTI includes COPD flare-ups.)

Well, hey, I’ve been Continue reading

COPD must be treated…

Oh, I just love this item from the search engine list – “If you have COPD and do nothing…”

It’s insane – you have an illness which has only one prognosis no matter what you do, so why would you want to hasten that by doing nothing?

I’ve covered COPD in many posts, the most important of which are covered here and I’ve made it perfectly clear that while COPD is incurable and – unless the patient dies of something else – ultimately fatal, IT IS EMINENTLY MANAGEABLE. With proper treatment you will live longer and in better health than you possibly could just leaving it to its own devices.

Not to treat COPD is mind-numbingly stupid, even for that Continue reading