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Breathing difficulties Treatments

Breathing difficulties: Treatments Inroduction

Treatment plans for breathing difficulty are individualized depending on the underlying cause, the presence of coexisting diseases, the age and medical history of the patient, and other factors. Treatment generally involves a multifaceted plan that addresses the cause, eases breathing, decreases the risk of developing serious complications, and helps a person to rest comfortably and live an active life.

If breathing difficulty results in low levels of oxygen in the blood, supplemental oxygen is generally used. There are a variety of devices that are worn on the face to deliver different concentrations of supplemental oxygen. Oxygen is delivered to the lungs through mechanical ventilation in cases of severe breathing difficulty or respiratory failure.

When breathing difficulty is caused by a viral infection, such as viral pneumonia, the treatment is rest, increased fluids and using a vaporizer. When breathing difficulty is caused by a bacterial infection, such as in bacterial pneumonia, antibiotics are prescribed as well.

When breathing difficulty is caused by asthma, medications may include corticosteroids and bronchodilators, which are breathed in via inhalers and nebulizers. Other respiratory diseases that cause breathing difficulty may require additional intravenous medications, hospitalization, intensive care and possibly life support measures.

Breathing difficulty caused by the pain of such conditions as rib fractures may be helped by pain medications. Breathing difficulty caused by narcotic overdose can be reversed by the medication naloxone [Narcan]. Breathing difficulty caused by hyperventilation or and anxiety attack can be treated by breathing into a paper bag. Breathing difficulty caused by a sleep disorder may be treated with a device called a CPAP machine.

Breathing difficulty caused by trauma to the chest that results in a collapsed lung condition, such as pneumothorax or hemopneumothorax is treated by re-inflating the lung and draining the blood by insertion of a chest tube.

Breathing difficulties: Treatments

Some of the possible treatments for Breathing difficulties from various sources may include:

Drugs and Medications used to treat Breathing difficulties:

Some of the drugs and medications used in the treatment of Breathing difficulties may include:

  • Ipratropium
  • Atrovent
  • Alti-Atrovent
  • Apo-Atrovent
  • Atrovent Nasal Spray
  • Combivent
  • Dom-Ipratropium
  • Ipratropium Novaplus
  • PMS-Ipratropium
  • Nitroglycerin - mainly used to treat breathing difficulty caused by heart failure
  • Corobid - mainly used to treat breathing difficulty caused by heart failure
  • Deponit - mainly used to treat breathing difficulty caused by heart failure
  • Minitran Transdermal Delivery System - mainly used to treat breathing difficulty caused by heart failure
  • Nitrek - mainly used to treat breathing difficulty caused by heart failure
  • Nitro-Bid - mainly used to treat breathing difficulty caused by heart failure
  • Nitrocap TD - mainly used to treat breathing difficulty caused by heart failure
  • Nitrocine Timecaps - mainly used to treat breathing difficulty caused by heart failure
  • Nitrocine Transdermal - mainly used to treat breathing difficulty caused by heart failure
  • Nitrodisc - mainly used to treat breathing difficulty caused by heart failure
  • Nitro-Dur - mainly used to treat breathing difficulty caused by heart failure
  • Nitro-Dur II - mainly used to treat breathing difficulty caused by heart failure
  • Nitrogard - mainly used to treat breathing difficulty caused by heart failure
  • Nitrogard-SR - mainly used to treat breathing difficulty caused by heart failure
  • Nitroglyn - mainly used to treat breathing difficulty caused by heart failure
  • Nitrol - mainly used to treat breathing difficulty caused by heart failure
  • Nitrolin - mainly used to treat breathing difficulty caused by heart failure
  • Nitrolingual Spray - mainly used to treat breathing difficulty caused by heart failure
  • Nitrol TSAR Kit - mainly used to treat breathing difficulty caused by heart failure
  • Nitrong - mainly used to treat breathing difficulty caused by heart failure
  • Nitrong SR - mainly used to treat breathing difficulty caused by heart failure
  • Nitroquick - mainly used to treat breathing difficulty caused by heart failure
  • Nitrospan - mainly used to treat breathing difficulty caused by heart failure
  • Nitrostabilin - mainly used to treat breathing difficulty caused by heart failure
  • Nitrostat - mainly used to treat breathing difficulty caused by heart failure
  • Nitro Transdermal System - mainly used to treat breathing difficulty caused by heart failure
  • NTS Transdermal Patch - mainly used to treat breathing difficulty caused by heart failure
  • Transderm-Nitro - mainly used to treat breathing difficulty caused by heart failure
  • Trates S.R - mainly used to treat breathing difficulty caused by heart failure
  • Tridil - mainly used to treat breathing difficulty caused by heart failure

Treatments for Causes of Breathing difficulties

Review the treatment information pages for various causes of Breathing difficulties:

More causes: not all possible causes for Breathing difficulties are listed above; for a full list refer to causes of Breathing difficulties.

Treatment Notes

Only your doctor can advise whether any of these treatments are appropriate for your specific medical situation. Always discuss all treatment options with your doctor before making a decision, including whether to start or discontinue any treatment plan.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Breathing difficulties:

The following list of conditions have 'Breathing difficulties' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

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Conditions listing medical complications: Breathing difficulties:

The following list of medical conditions have 'Breathing difficulties' or similar listed as a medical complication in our database.

 

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