Millions of people have COPD, but it’s not the same for everyone
You may also have heard COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) called chronic bronchitis, emphysema, or both. It’s a progressive disease that makes it hard to breathe. Progressive means the disease gets worse over time. While many people have COPD, it does not affect everyone in the same way.
Shortness of breath
Fatigue and disrupted sleep
- Coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breath are common
- Other symptoms like chest tightness, excess mucus, disrupted sleep and fatigue can also occur
- You may feel that you never know when symptoms will crop up
The good news is that there are things you can do to help manage your COPD.
- Avoid smoking or breathing in other lung irritants. For example, secondhand smoke or air pollutants can further irritate your damaged lungs. Maintain a healthy weight and eat nutritious foods, practice good hygiene to help avoid getting sick, write down how you’re feeling physically and emotionally—and talk to your doctor about it
If you’re experiencing COPD symptoms, talk to your doctor about options for maintenance medications.
Treatments: What you need to know
There are different types of COPD medicines
- Maintenance (long-acting) medicines
- Taken every day and work over time to help control symptoms
- Rescue (short-acting) medicines
- Relieve sudden symptoms, but aren’t meant to be taken every day
Remember, it's important to keep a rescue medicine close by, even when maintenance medicines work well. Not sure if you are on a maintenance medicine? Talk to your doctor.
COPD medicines are generally delivered through a nebulizer or inhaler
Some COPD patients prefer using a nebulizer
- Normal breathing
- When you use a nebulizer, you breathe calmly, deeply, and evenly to get the medicine into your lungs*
- Nebulizers do not require you to hold your breath after you activate the device. Setup and cleanup time required