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COPD Medication

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TREATMENT OF EXACERBATION OF COPD

Defined as an acute onset of increase in breathlessness, cough or sputum production, or change in sputum colour, sustained for at least a day.

  1. Step up current short acting beta-2 agonist.
  2. Initiate Prednisolone 40mg/day for 5 days.  
  3. Antibiotic only if purulent sputum – 5 days of: Amoxicillin 500mg three times daily or Doxycycline 200mg once then 100mg daily. Use Clarithromycin 500mg twice daily if doxycycline not tolerated and if no drug interactions.
  4. If you offer self-initiation of antibiotics and / or steroids, ensure a written plan reflecting the above.

 HOW TO USE INHALERS

Click on the links below to view information and guidance on each inhaler technique and protocol:

• How to use your Volumatic Spacer

• How to use your Turbohaler

• How to use your Pressurised Metered-Dose Inhaler (pMDI)

• How to use your HandiHaler

• How to use your Easyhaler

• How to use your Easi-Breathe

• How to use your Aerochamber Spacer

• How to use your Accuhaler

 
COST EFFECTIVE PRESCRIBING (Inhaler Devices)

Click here for information on cost effective prescribing of Inhaler Devices.

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