About COPD Stages
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a serious, yet common, lung disease. COPD actually includes one or both of these respiratory ailments:
- Chronic bronchitis—resulting from constantly inflamed and irritated airways in your lungs
- Emphysema—resulting from damage to small air sacs and airways in your lungs
When you have COPD, your lungs don’t function properly. The airways—the tubes that carry air in and out of your lungs—are partially blocked. This makes it difficult to get air in and out.
COPD develops slowly and can worsen over time—making it harder to breathe and get the oxygen you need.
Mildly reduced airflow; sometimes, a chronic cough and sputum production
Worsening airflow; shortness of breath typically brought on by exertion
Further worsening of airflow; greater shortness of breath, reduced quality of life
Very Severe COPD
Severe reduction in airflow; chronic respiratory failure; greatly reduced quality of life
In the latter stages of COPD, COPD symptoms such as shortness of breath can make it difficult to do even the most simple things.
There is no cure for COPD, but a maintenance medicine, like SYMBICORT, may make a significant difference in your breathing.*
When used as prescribed, SYMBICORT has been shown to help significantly improve lung function, starting within 5 minutes.* Remember, SYMBICORT will not replace a rescue inhaler for sudden symptoms.
*Your results may vary.
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