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Doctors' Answers to "Frequently Asked Questions" - Emphysema
Answer: Part of the problem with chronic lung disease is expelling the carbon dioxide that your body produces in order to make energy. If he is retaining co2, then less production will help his breathing effort somewhat since he will have less to expel. Fat has more energy bonds per co2 produced than simple carbohydrates and a high fat diet will reduce co2 levels to some extent.
Answer: Often used, either this class of drugs or morphine sulfate(or some narcotic). The options are feeling like one is drowning or a little sedation. Usually, the dosage can be tailored so the dyspnea is minimal without major sedation. Sometimes an antidepressant(like Prozac) will help to decrease the dosage of Ativan, sometimes not.
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