Short-acting bronchodilators include albuterol (Ventolin, Proventil), pirbuterol (Maxair), terbutaline (Brethine), and metaproterenol (Alupent). Long-acting medicines include sustained-release albuterol, salmeterol (Serevent), ipratropium bromide (Combivent), and theophylline (Bronkodyl, Theolair). Long-acting medications should not be used to treat acute symptoms because they take longer to work and symptoms may continue to worsen in the meantime. *Combivent Inhalation Aerosol will no longer be available after July 2013 and Maxair Autohaler will no longer be available after December 2013. Ask your doctor about Combivent Respimat, albuterol, or levalbuterol.
Q. can you ever get better from emphysema? A. Emphysema is a chronic state where the lungs pathologically expand and cause them to lose their compliance during breathing. This is not a reversible state, and usually the lung pathological changes will continue to deteriorate if the lungs are exposed to the same pathogens that caused the initial damage (for example- smoking). However, smoking cessation is known to have benefitial results in slowing down the progress of lung disability and somewhat reversing part of the damage by regression of the inflammatory processes that are related to the emphysema.