OTC drugs for COPD

There are numerous cough linctuses, cough suppressants, mucolytics and expectorants available in pharmacies but there is not good evidence that any of them are effective. Mucolytics may have a small benefit (reduce the frequency and duration of exacerbations) in patients with chronic productive cough but are not routinely recommended. Cough suppressants should not generally be used in the management of stable COPD.
If she runs out of salbutamol inhalers (it is useful to have two – one for home and one for her handbag) a pharmacist is able to supply one.
Nicotine replacement therapy products may help relieve withdrawal symptoms and assist smoking cessation. Patches, gum, lozenges, sublingual tablets and inhalers are available.


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