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When you say that you cannot breath, is this only when you try to sleep? Or are you unable to breath at any time?
What medicines are you currently taking?
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The mucus production in someone with COPD is most often related to chronic inflammation of the lungs, although if there is a sudden worsening of the mucus, it would be worrisome for an infection.
The next step for interventions for the excessive mucus would depend upon what is already being taken. However, if you are not yet taking anything for the mucus or the inflammation, it would be appropriate to take a medicines to thin the mucus, such as guaifenesin, and a steroid inhaler to ease the inflammation in the airways. The guaifenesin is available over the counter, but the steroid inhalers are only available by prescription.
The pattern of difficulty breathing may also raise concern about other conditions, such as heart disease.
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