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Antidepressants May Boost Risk of Death in COPD Patients

Older patients with COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) should take precautions when using certain antidepressants because they may increase the risk of death. Researchers analyzed 28,360 new users of serotonergic antidepressants – such as SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) and SNRIs (serotonin norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors) – that had COPD and…

COPD: Weighing Your Treatment Options

No one wants to gasp for every breath. If you have COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), you know how that feels. This chronic, progressive lung disease reduces the amount of air that flows into and out of the lungs. Over time, COPD can lead to increased mucus production in the…

COPD: Is Stepping Down Therapy Safe?

Cutting glucocorticoids from maximal inhaled therapy for moderate-to-severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) didn’t worsen control over exacerbations, according to a trial that included 2,485 patients with a history of frequent COPD exacerbations. John J. Reilly, MD, of the University of Pittsburg said results indicated, “that a trial of glucocorticoid…

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