Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Also indexed as:Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease, COPD, Pulmonary Disease, Emphysema
Breathe easier if you have COPD, a disease that leaves you winded and worn out. According to research or other evidence, the following self-care steps may be helpful.
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Breathe easier if you have COPD, a disease that leaves you winded and worn out. According to research or other evidence, the following self-care steps may be helpful.
  • Steer clear of smoke

    Kick the smoking habit, and avoid secondhand smoke and other respiratory irritants

  • Try an OTC remedy

    Look for over-the-counter guafenesin (Mucinex, Robitussin) to help thin and remove thick mucus

  • Get to know NAC

    Take 200 mg of the supplement N-acetyl cysteine three times a day to help break down mucus and supply antioxidant protection to lung tissue

  • Add L-carnitine to your fitness routine

    Improve breathing during exercise by taking 2 grams of this nutritional supplement twice a day

  • Find relief with ivy leaf

    Ease symptoms naturally by taking 50 drops of a concentrated alcohol extract twice a day

  • Talk to your doctor

    Ask about common medications used to improve breathing, such as albuterol (Proventil, Ventolin), ipratropium(Atrovent), tiotropium (Spiriva), fluticasone (Flovent), and fluticasone/salmeterol (Advair)

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The information presented in Aisle7 is for informational purposes only. It is based on scientific studies (human, animal, or in vitro), clinical experience, or traditional usage as cited in each article. The results reported may not necessarily occur in all individuals. Self-treatment is not recommended for life-threatening conditions that require medical treatment under a doctor's care. For many of the conditions discussed, treatment with prescription or over the counter medication is also available. Consult your doctor, practitioner, and/or pharmacist for any health problem and before using any supplements or before making any changes in prescribed medications. Information expires June 2015.