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COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)

COPD

02/23/2009

Question:

Is COPD is treated with an antibiotic? is it helpful?Which antibiotic is preferrable?

Answer:

Thank you for visiting NetWellness and for your questions. The most important treatment for COPD is to quit smoking to stop further damage to the lungs.

Antibiotics are one of the treatments sometimes used to fight infections that can complicate COPD. Antibiotics are also used for COPD exacerbations and are helpful in these situations. There is no preferred antibiotic for COPD exacerbations. Generally, first-line antiobiotics such as amoxicillin, azithromycin, or doxycycline are acceptable but the decision is usually made on an individual basis.

Prevention and treatment of a respiratory infection is also very important and patients with COPD should receive a pneumococcal vaccine and a yearly flu shot.

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Response by:

Michael E Ezzie, MD Michael E Ezzie, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care & Sleep
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University