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Medications for Chronic Lung Disease

This sheet can help you keep track of the medications you take for chronic lung disease. Ask your healthcare provider for help filling in the names of the medications you take. Some medications are for “maintenance” (prevention). They should be taken as scheduled, even when you feel well. Other “rescue” medications are taken only when you have symptoms. If you’re not sure which medications to take when, ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist.

Bronchodilators

What they do: Relax the muscles that tighten around airways. The airways get larger so air can flow through them more easily.

Short-acting beta-2 agonists start working after you use them. So symptoms are relieved quickly.

Names of medications I’m taking: __________________________________________

When to take: __________________________________________

 

Anticholinergics may be used along with a short-acting beta-2 agonist to help keep airways open.

Names of medications I’m taking: __________________________________________

When to take: __________________________________________

Long-acting beta-2 agonists work more slowly than the fast-acting type, but the effects last longer. They help relieve symptoms over time.

Names of medications I’m taking: __________________________________________

When to take: __________________________________________

 

Methylxanthines have long-lasting effects. They may be useful if symptoms occur during sleep.

Names of medications I’m taking: __________________________________________

When to take: __________________________________________

 

Corticosteroids

What they do: Reduce inflammation, swelling, and mucus production, which opens airways and helps you breathe.

Inhaled corticosteroids help relieve symptoms over time.

Names of medications I’m taking: __________________________________________

When to take: __________________________________________

Oral corticosteroids may be taken to treat severe symptoms or a period of worsened symptoms.

Names of medications I’m taking: __________________________________________

When to take: __________________________________________

 

Combination Medications

What they do: Combine effects of different types of medications.

Names of medications I’m taking: __________________________________________

When to take: __________________________________________

 

Other Medications

If you take other medication for chronic lung disease, fill in the information here.

Name: __________________________________________

What it does: __________________________________________

When to take: __________________________________________

Be Smart About Alternatives

You may have heard about herbal supplements or over-the-counter (OTC) products that are supposed to help with lung conditions. Keep in mind that “natural” doesn’t mean safe. Herbs, extracts, or supplements can interact with medications you’re taking. And some OTC products may cause organ damage. If you want to try these types of treatment, talk to your healthcare provider first.

Author: StayWell Custom Communications
Last Annual Review Date: 1/15/2007
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