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COPD: Weighing Your Treatment Options

There is no cure for COPD and no way to reverse the damage to the lungs, but there are medicines, therapies and lifestyle changes that can treat it and slow the progress of the disease. 

5 Worst Drugs that Cause Dry Eye Disease

Dry eye disease is irritating and painful. As an optometrist, I know there are many possible causes, but the medicines you take might be the culprit.  Drugs are a common part of American life, 36% of people between the ages of 18-44 take between one and four medicines daily and…

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: 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…