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thehappyman
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USA
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Posted - Mar 12 2011 :  4:54:05 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I am new to this site so if this was already a topic I apologize.

Anyway, I have a pretty bad COPD (FEV1 = .8) and I was wondering what people think about the consumption of Coffee (with Splenda sweetener) and it's effects on breathing. Actually I love Coffee in the morning and usually have between 2 an 4 cups. Sometime I get the feeling that it might be making my breathing more difficult but I cant really tell.
Is there a general consensus about the effect of Coffee on COPD ??????

CarolCA
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USA
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Posted - Mar 12 2011 :  6:14:25 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Coffee is actually pretty good for COPD as it has a natural bronchodilator in it. Theophyline which is a drug used mostly years ago but still some used today is closely related to coffee. AS for the other stuff. I don't know but doubt that it would hurt.
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thehappyman
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USA
159 Posts

Posted - Mar 12 2011 :  6:58:02 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks for the answer CarolCA - I was wondering because my Pulmonary Doc always makes sure I didn't have any Coffee prior to giving me a PFT. So no harm in say 4 cups of coffee......
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Casey-CA
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USA
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Posted - Mar 12 2011 :  8:09:47 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Coffee for our breathing is good, but watch that it doesn't elevate your heart rate too much. I use Splenda instead of sugar. Good stuff!!!

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Chuck-TX
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USA
79 Posts

Posted - Mar 12 2011 :  8:40:09 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
My pulmo's instructions for PFT appointment is to not drink coffee before coming. I usually have about half a cup anyway so as to lessen chances of having a wreck getting there. Your call...

Chuck

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Dave-OH
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USA
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Posted - Mar 12 2011 :  9:19:57 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I drink it black or with Hot Chocolate mix. Need it to get going. Have to watch it when I am on Cipro or my stomach revolts and I am very sorry for a while.

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CarolCA
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USA
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Posted - Mar 12 2011 :  11:52:45 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
And that is the reason they don't want you to have it. They don't want that bronchodilator effect before the PFT as it is like taking Theophyline. Well, I drink only decaf because of my stomach but even 4 cups of that would do me in acid wise so I would have to say 4 cups over a day OK, 4 cups at once No for most people.
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thehappyman
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USA
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Posted - Mar 13 2011 :  10:07:20 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
But I Love my Coffee............. (glad to hear it dosent make COPD worse)
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CarolCA
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Posted - Mar 13 2011 :  2:53:32 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Well, if it doesn't raise you HR I guess there is not problem. I have a friend that will not give up her regular coffee even though she has a high heart rate and has COPD so what can I say. We are our own worst enemies at times.
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Sandy07
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Canada
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Posted - Mar 17 2011 :  12:26:18 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I read that coffee can help an asthma attack.
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jeffery
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Posted - Apr 05 2011 :  3:28:58 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi everyone,
I am new to this COPD thing. I want to thank all of you for this information about coffee. I gave up my smokes, But I love my coffee. You all save the day. Thank you all. I can drink my coffee. You all made me one happy COPD monkey.
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magdalenka123
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42 Posts

Posted - Apr 05 2011 :  3:48:54 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Tea does the same thing. The caffeinated one, that is. So if coffee gives you stomach problems see if tea would work for you.
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PennyPA
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USA
4570 Posts

Posted - Apr 05 2011 :  4:22:48 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Talk about addiction!!

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Scout
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USA
1011 Posts

Posted - Apr 05 2011 :  4:32:47 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
But he gave up smoking! YAY!

Or are you talking about my nightly ice cream?

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PennyPA
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USA
4570 Posts

Posted - Apr 05 2011 :  10:42:08 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
And, Scout, you're right! Giving up smoking is THE IMPORTANT thing!!

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thehappyman
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USA
159 Posts

Posted - Apr 06 2011 :  7:26:37 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
It does seem though, that if I have three or four cups of Coffee in the Morning that it dosent help my breathing.......and maybe makes it a little worse. Maybe it's the artificial sweetener or the "half and half" creamer ??????

OMG, - If you have COPD and are still smoking then you really need professional help. I was a HORRIBLE smoker but gave it up totally on New Years Eve about 15 years ago. Was a Chimney for 30 years ......

Edited by - thehappyman on Apr 06 2011 7:29:53 PM
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magdalenka123
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Posted - Apr 06 2011 :  9:49:52 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
My husband's lungs get worse after the creamer, most of them have disodium phosphate in them and it really bothers him. Also, if you have acid reflux coffee could actually make that worse and the reflux in turn could make your lungs worse.
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