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Will COPD get worse after stop smoking?

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December 21, 2014 9:42PM

I wanted to know if my breathing will get worse. I quit smoking 5 1/2 years ago after being a 3 pack a day smoker for many years.

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December 21, 2014 9:17PM

Unfortunately, stopping smoking means the body starts to rid itself of excess mucous. It does this through coughing. Of course, with COPD, excess mucous is the last thing you need. It will increase your coughing, and make you feel more short of breath. Ask your doctor for a drying medication in a very small dose. The anticholinergic Robinul 1mg---but taken at 1/4th that dose, e.g. 1/4th of a tablet of 1 mg-- helps dry without being too drying. If you can get through the temporary increase in coughing, it will be worth it to be a non-smoker.