Management of COPD symptoms: the role of mucolytics

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01 February 2022
Management of COPD symptoms: the role of mucolytics


Terry Robinson
Terry Robinson
Independent Nurse Consultant


Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) affects up to three million people in the UK.  Sputum production is a common feature of COPD but for some patients it is difficult to clear, leaving them potentially vulnerable to respiratory infections. This article looks at the evidence for mucolytic therapies and when they should be considered.


COPD is a common condition in the UK, with many patients living with symptoms and disability which have not been brought to the attention of a healthcare professional.

This article reviews the background to COPD and its current management guidelines.

It goes on to review the mechanisms of mucous production in COPD and examines the evidence for different treatment choices.

Case studies are used to explore a variety of real-world challenges associated with the management of this important and debilitating condition.


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