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There are a variety of treatments available that can help you manage the symptoms of COPD on a daily basis¹. These COPD therapy options include, but are not limited to, medication, medicine delivery systems and supplemental oxygen².

 

Medicines for the management of COPD help your breathing in many ways. Some are maintenance medicines and need to be taken every day. Others are taken when your symptoms worsen. However, all medicines work to³:

 

  • Reduce the narrowing of the bronchial airways and relieve the air trapped in the lungs
  • Reduce the swelling and irritation in the lung
  • Reduce the amount of mucus that the lungs produce, which in turn reduces the frequency of coughing and the mucus-inducing irritation that follows
  • Remove mucus from the lungs
  • Help fight infections and prevent or treat exacerbations

References

1. Web MD. COPD treatments, improving your quality of life.
http://www.webmd.com/lung/copd/copd-treatments-improving-your-quality-of-life Accessed on 19 June 2015.

2. American Lung Association. Treatment options.
Available at: http://www.lung.org/lung-disease/copd/treating-copd/treatment-options.html
Accessed on 4 August 2015.

3. COPD Foundation. Slim Skinny Reference Guide®. COPD Medicines.

4. Gold COPD. Spirometry for Health Care Providers.
http://www.goldcopd.org/uploads/users/files/GOLD_Spirometry_2010.pdf 
Accessed on 5 August 2015.
 

5. Web MD. Metered dose inhalers (MDIs): How to use one when you have COPD.
http://www.webmd.boots.com/a-to-z-guides/metered-dose-inhalers-mdis-how-use-one-when-you-have-copd?page=3
Accessed on 4 August 2015.

6. PhysiPedia. Respiratory muscle training.
http://www.physio-pedia.com/Respiratory_Muscle_Training. 
Accessed 2 July 2015.

7. Livestrong.com. What Are the Benefits of Nebulizers?
http://www.livestrong.com/article/557219-what-are-the-benefits-of-nebulizers/
Accessed on 4 August 2015.

8. COPD Foundation. Slim Skinny Reference Guide. Oxygen Therapy.
 

9. COPD Foundation. Slim Skinny Reference Guide. COPD in the Hospital and the Transition Back to Home.

10. Healthy Way Magazine. Coughing it up.
Available at: http://www.healthywaymagazine.com/issue35/05_.html 
Accessed on 4 August 2015.

11. Medscape. Advances in Airway Clearance Technologies for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.
http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/814613_2
Accessed on 4 August 2015.

For informational purposes only, not to replace physician's directions.