By Dennis Thompson
TUESDAY, February 25, 2020 (HealthDay News) – The best drugs to treat sudden COPD outbreaks are widely used drugs, antibiotics and corticosteroids, a review of new evidence has concluded.
Lead researcher, Dr. Claudia Dobler, a visiting scholar at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Trin, said there was not enough evidence to suggest newer treatments for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). ).
Surprisingly, there isn't even a lot of research available for so-called rescue inhalers, although doctors know that short-acting bronchodilators can help restore breathing when an outbreak occurs, she said. .
"We know from the fact that they release the breath," Dobler said. "But there are two types available, and there really is nothing to guide us about whether one is better or the other is better."
In this study, Dobler's team analyzed results from 68 clinical trials to see if they could find the best drug for patients struggling to breathe due to COPD outbreaks. or not.
"We have found more evidence to confirm earlier findings that antibiotics work and corticosteroids do, too," Dobler said. "We have collected additional support for what has been done, but really nothing for any new treatments."
Sixteen million Americans have been diagnosed with COPD, the fourth leading cause of death …