This site is intended for healthcare professionals

Go to /sign-in page

You can view 5 more pages before signing in

Diuretics in COPD

Last reviewed dd mmm yyyy. Last edited dd mmm yyyy

Authoring team

Diuretics may be used in patients with oedema, e.g. ankle swelling, associated with cor pulmonale.

  • patients presenting with cor pulmonale should be assessed for the need for long-term oxygen therapy
  • oedema associated with cor pulmonale can usually be controlled symptomatically with diuretic therapy
  • the following are not recommended for the treatment of cor pulmonale caused by COPD:
    • angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors
    • calcium channel blockers
    • alpha-blockers
    • digoxin (unless there is atrial fibrillation)


Related pages

Create an account to add page annotations

Annotations allow you to add information to this page that would be handy to have on hand during a consultation. E.g. a website or number. This information will always show when you visit this page.