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Middle-Aged patient learns to use inhaler

COPD: Importance of Educating Patients on Proper Inhalation Technique

Practitioners can play a vital role in providing education and training on correct inhalation techniques to enhance therapeutic benefit and optimal medication delivery. Overall, the goal for the provider is to be confident when educating patients on proper use of inhalation technique, emphasize the importance of medication adherence, and maintain follow-up appointments.

COPD therapy now available in pill form

COPD therapy now available in pill form

Daliresp is a selective phosphodiesterase 4 inhibitor that reduces risk for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease exacerbations in severely effected patients with COPD that have chronic bronchitis and a history of exacerbations.

Inhaled steroid for bronchitis?

I see a number of non-asthmatic patients who use the corticosteroid/beta agonist combination fluticasone/salmeterol (Advair) on an as-needed basis for symptoms of uncomplicated acute viral bronchitis. Is there any validity to this use? Advair is also prescribed frequently for mild persistent asthma in lieu of an inhaled steroid. Am I off base in questioning this…

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