Have you ever seen the commercials for COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) with the elephant walking behind people? I could never figure out why the elephant was featured. It assume it might have something to do with breathing in such a way that it feels like an elephant is on your chest. Seriously, who goes to their doctor and says: I can’t breathe and feels like an elephant is sitting on my chest. I don’t think any human could relate to an elephant sitting on their chest. I think a better idea would be to say that it feels like my chest is being crushed and have images of a person being placed in a 1800s bustier. I think that would provide better imagery and humor.
What is COPD?
So we have established that COPD stands for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. This is a general term to classify lung diseases such as emphysema, chronic bronchitis, non-reversible asthma and bronchiectasis. To sum it all up, all diseases that make breathing very difficult. The cause of COPD comes from three main factors. As you would guess, smoking or second hand smoke is one of the largest factors which includes cigars and not just cigarettes. The second factor would be from inhaling or exposure to pollutants (environment) such as dust and chemicals. The last factor comes from mom in dad in the form of genetics.
For the treatment of COPD, there are a few but we will focus on Roflumilast which is also known as Daliresp. Roflumilast is an enzyme inhibitor which has has anti-inflammatory effects to for treating inflammation in the lungs. The main treatment for Roflumilast Daliresp is the prevention of exacerbations which is a fancy word for lung attacks as a result of COPD. Roflumilast COPD is not designed to be a bronchodilator which is used to treat sudden breathing problems.
Roflumilast Side Effects
Roflumilast has side effects just like any other prescription drugs. One of the main concerns is that this drug might cause mental health problems which include suicidal thoughts and behaviors. You can also dizziness, allergic reactions, anxiety, insomnia, weight loss, depression and random behavior changes to name a few. Then there is possible liver damage and interference when used with other prescription drugs or health supplements such as birth control pills. It feels like one of those cases where the cure might be worse than the disease at this point.
How are you coping with COPD?