Q. What is the treatment for COPD?

Answered by
Dr. Amolkumar W Diwan
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
Published on Jun 08, 2016

Hi doctor,

My father has SpO2 level with oxygen is more than 95 and without oxygen is 75-80. He also has COPD. But, all tests are normal like CT scan, USG and x-ray. Please explain.

Dr. Amolkumar W Diwan

Allergy Specialist Pulmonology (Asthma Doctors)


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  •  As you said your father has COPD, low oxygen levels are expected when the disease is advanced.
  • COPD is a chronic progressive disease. Inhaler medicines are only for the symptomatic relief.
  • Smoking cessation is the best policy to halt the progression of the disease.
  • Persistent low oxygen levels are not good as it hampers the quality of life. So, oxygen supplement is a must.
  • But, keep the flow rates below 2 L/min as high oxygen washes out the carbon dioxide, which is the stimulus for respiration in COPD patients.
  • There is no other way to increase oxygen saturation without giving oxygen.
  • Simultaneously, he has to continue the other inhaler medicines and tablets. So for now, oxygen is must for him.
  • Even all the tests are normal; there is no alternative to oxygen.

For further information consult a pulmonologist online --> https://www.icliniq.com/ask-a-doctor-online/pulmonologist

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