What Medications Treat Chronic Bronchitis?

Q:
What medications treat chronic bronchitis?

A:
PDE4 inhibitors are a class of anti-inflammatory agents for certain exacerbations of COPD. Currently there is only one agent available called roflumilast (Daliresp), a pill taken once per day.

Occasionally, antibiotics are used to treat chronic bronchitis exacerbations caused by bacterial infections. Broad-spectrum antibiotics are often the choice.

Of course, if a culture is obtained, directed therapy at the specific offending organism is always best. Over-the-counter (OTC) cough suppressants such as dextromethorphan (for example, Vicks 44, Pertussin, or Benylin) may be helpful in reducing cough symptoms. OTC preparations with guaifenesin (for example, Robitussin or Mucinex) may make patients feel more comfortable but there is no scientific evidence that it helps mucus to become less viscous.

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