Medications to Treat COPD
Although system cell therapy is very effective, every COPD medications come with their flaws. COPD can be a very difficult disease to live with. Not only is it degenerative, the daily effects can also be exhausting. The effects of COPD can have negative impact on one’s daily routine, from moving around the house to traveling around. Most people suffering from this disease are prescribed the natural medication like inhalers, and oxygen therapy. Every of these methods have its side effect. This brought about the rise of alternative treatment options.
When COPD medication fails, there are a variety of alternative medications available. From inhalers, corticosteroids to oxygen therapy. Although these medications exist to relieve the symptoms of lung disease like inflammation, obstructed breathing, and general fatigue, they also have their negative effects.
Here some traditional COPD medications and their side effects:
Inhalers: This can either be short acting or long acting and are used to create airways to make breathing easier. The short acting inhalers are used for emergency situations while the long acting ones are used for longer-term treatment of COPD and are usually taken once or twice a day. Its side effects include:
- Dry mouth
- Blurred vision
- Rapid heart-rate
- Dry mouth
- Runny nose
- Scratchy throat
Corticosteroids: Similar to the inhalers, this traditional medication helps to relieve inflammation within the airways and is used in conjunction with bronchodilators. Corticosteroids work effectively to allow easier breathing within the lungs. Its side effects include:
- Sore throat
- Change in voice
- Mouth Infections (thrush)
Oxygen Therapy: This treatment is done through the infusion of oxygen using an oxygen tank or concentrator. It is mostly used as the last resort as it can negatively affect the daily routine since oxygen tank is inconvenient and can be hard to carry about. Some of the side effects include:
- Constriction of blood vessels.
- Risk of accumulating carbon dioxide
These traditional methods of treating COPD are very effective. However, the come with their side effects which can be very damaging. This is why most people prefer the use of the alternative treatment options.
Stem Cell Therapy:
Stem Cell therapy is a treatment method that uses use the body’s natural healing mechanisms to treat diseases. The cells are then isolated by a professional, and almost immediately, the stem cells are given back to the individual intravenously. The use of stem cell therapy, as opposed to other traditional forms of treatment, comes with more benefits since stem cell therapy uses the body’s own stem cells, there are virtually no risks of adverse effects.
Changing one’s diet and consistently exercising are among the best lifestyle changes one can adopt to see more positive changes. However, if you’re looking to address COPD progression directly, it may be time to consider stem cell therapy.