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5 fun activities to get moving
& help you breathe better

Watch the Activity Hacks video

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Making space
to do what
you want.

Strike the right
life balance

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A trick to help you breathe better

PURSED-LIP BREATHING.

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Stay on track with your treatment

6 steps to staying on
top of your medication

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4
common
triggers of breathlessness.

See what they are

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The
shower
fix.

Breathe easier in
the shower

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6 TIPS
to get you moving

Staying active can help
you breathe better

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5 things
to do
with your kids
or grandkids

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Leg up!

How leg exercises may
improve breathing

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Breathing
at work.

Manage breathing
problems at the
workplace

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How to
avoid some
common
triggers

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5 STEPS
to help you
ask for help.

Don’t go it alone

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I can.
And I will.”

Find your motivation

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7 hacks to help you save your breath when making meals

Watch the Kitchen Hacks video

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Sing
and you may
just
breathe
better.

Listen to the “Take a Breath Singers”

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Chores & errands:
Tips for helping you do them.

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Breathing tough?

6
changes
you can start making today

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EMPHYSEMA, CHRONIC
BRONCHITIS–
COPD & ASTHMA.

What’s the difference?

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4 common myths about chronic
lung disease—
busted

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5 TIPS
to make
socializing easier

Don’t let breathing
issues get in the way

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A little
planning
can go a
long way.

Your guide to effective
day-to-day planning

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4 tech hacks to connect with loved ones & save your breath

Watch the Tech Hacks video

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4
famous people
with COPD.

Read their stories

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Track your medications to reveal important patterns.

This may help your
doctor help you better

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Keep
moving.

Every little
bit counts.

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Focus
on you

4 ways to put
yourself first

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Why do I have more than one inhaler?

The “rescue” vs “maintenance” or “controller” question

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Do
this one
thing.

And you may
improve your health

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Ways to save your energy
when you’re home.

Staying in? You can
still be productive

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The
Talk.

Talking to loved ones
about your breathing
difficulty

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Exercise...
it wears
me out!”

Don’t let hurdles hold
you back

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Have you been
told you have

emphysema
or chronic bronchitis?

Did you know about COPD? Learn more

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Follow
these tips &
travel
a little

easier.

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Logo - my COPD team

You’re not alone.
Connect with others like you.

Learn how

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I <3 tech!

How the Internet can help you overcome some limitations

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Connect With Life Without Having to Step Outdoors

Whether it’s day-to-day living, managing your health, running errands, or talking to your loved ones through video, technology can empower you to become more independent.

Use technology to help yourself

Learn About
Pulmonary
Rehabilitation.

Learn to breathe again

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Pulmonary Rehabilitation: The Basics

Pulmonary rehabilitation (or rehab) is a program of exercises, under the guidance of trained breathing specialists, that can help you gradually build up your physical fitness and manage your condition.

Learn more about pulmonary rehab

My granddaughter
takes my breath away.

I don’t want COPD to
do the same.”

“My granddaughter takes my breath away. I don’t want COPD to do the same.”

#Lungs #Breathing #Family

4 Common Triggers of SOB (Shortness of Breath)

Learn about 4 common triggers that can cause shortness of breath.

See the triggers

Pursed-Lip Breathing

A breathing trick to help control shortness of breath

"Pursed-lip breathing" is a convenient breathing exercise that you can do anytime—first thing in the morning, at night before going to bed, or when you are engaged in activities like climbing stairs or bending to lift something.

And it provides a quick way to help you breathe better.

Learn it in 3 simple steps

Is Taking a Shower Taking Your Breath Away?

It may seem simple to most people, but for someone with a chronic breathing condition, showering can use a lot of energy and oxygen.

Are you struggling to breathe in the shower?

Shower easier with these tips

You’re Not Alone.

Connect With Others Like You.

MyCOPDTeam: The Social Network for People With Chronic Lung Disease

People with emphysema or bronchitis (together known as COPD) have great things to say about MyCOPDTeam, the social network for those living with COPD.

Please note that MyCOPDTeam is a completely separate and independent organization from AstraZeneca.

Learn more and join up!

5 Things to Do With Your Kids or Grandkids

Want to have a great time with your kids or grandkids without losing your breath?

Try these 5 fun activities

What is COPD?

COPD, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, is a general term used to describe progressive lung diseases like emphysema and chronic bronchitis—both of which make it hard to breathe.

COPD may start with mild symptoms or even no symptoms.

Learn more about COPD

How to Talk to Loved Ones About Your Breathing Difficulty

Having support from your family and friends can help you remain active and reduce stress.

How to help them help you

Leg Exercises Have Been Shown to Help Improve Breathing

Studies have shown that isolated lower limb exercises can strengthen the legs and may help improve shortness of breath symptoms and exercise tolerance.

Remember to use caution and talk to your doctor before starting any kind of exercise program.

Learn more

You Could Sing Your Way to Better Breathing!

Studies show that singing classes may benefit some people with chronic breathing difficulties. Could singing help you?

The “Take a Breath Singers” are an inspirational group of 15 people with chronic lung conditions who get together to sing regularly.

Read and listen

Life Hacks—There’s More to Treating Breathing Difficulties Than Medication

Being diagnosed with a breathing condition like emphysema and/or chronic bronchitis (together called COPD) doesn’t mean you have to stop living your life.

Start making small changes today

Get on Your Way to Breathing Better With This Tip

Mark Twain once said, “Quitting smoking is easy. I’ve done it a thousand times.”

If you tried once and didn’t succeed, don’t lose hope!

Instead of focusing on the quitting part, focus on the benefits—that can last a lifetime.

Learn the benefits of quitting

Working Your Way Around Some Common Shortness-Of-Breath Triggers

When you have a breathing condition like asthma or COPD (which includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis), avoiding common triggers can help you better manage your condition.

Learn how to avoid triggers

Understanding Emphysema, Chronic Bronchitis–COPD & Asthma

Both emphysema and chronic bronchitis are considered to be progressive lung diseases that fall under the general term COPD, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Asthma is a different lung disease, but can sometimes be mistaken for COPD because of similar symptoms.

How, then, do you tell them apart?

Learn the difference

Even Light Physical Activity Can Help You Feel Better, Look Better—and Breathe Better

When you’re already struggling to breathe, the thought of exercise may be daunting. But even regular exercise can help you build muscle strength and stamina, and can help reduce your symptoms.

Remember to use caution and talk to your doctor before starting any kind of exercise.

Learn how exercise helps

Plan Well and Travel Easier

Let’s face it: when you have difficulty breathing, the thought of traveling far from home can feel like an ordeal; it can sometimes even be scary. But if you plan and prepare well, you may find it easier to get out once in a while.

Travel easier with these tips

Job SOB (Shortness of Breath)
Yes, You Can Manage It

Have you faced problems with SOB (shortness of breath) at work? You’re not alone. There are several things you can do to make breathing easier at the workplace.

How to breathe easier at work

Chronic (long-term) lung disease: fact vs fiction

COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) affects millions of Americans—in 2010, more than 14 million people were identified as having COPD in the United States. Another estimated 12 million may have the disease, but remain undiagnosed. Despite being common, COPD is often misunderstood.

See the 4 common myths

“Rescue,” “Maintenance,” and “Controller” Inhalers—What’s the Difference?

Whether you’ve been diagnosed with COPD (which includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis) or asthma, you may hear about “rescue,” “maintenance,” or “controller” treatments or inhalers.

What does this mean?

Learn the difference between them

Common Barriers to Starting Exercise and How to Overcome Them

Are you concerned about increasing your physical activity or exercising?

You’re not alone. People with breathing difficulties often face some common stumbling blocks when it comes to exercise. The good news is, these can be overcome.

Remember to use caution and talk to your doctor before starting any kind of exercise.

Learn to overcome your barriers

4 Famous People with COPD

Learn about four successful celebrities with COPD who have brought awareness to this condition.

Read their stories

How to Do Everyday Chores in a Smarter, More Efficient Way

Doing day-to-day chores and errands can be hard when you have a breathing difficulty—but with a little planning and creativity, you can still get things done pretty efficiently.

Tips to make chores easier

Important Safety Information About SYMBICORT

SYMBICORT contains formoterol, a long-acting beta2-adrenergic agonist (LABA). LABA medicines such as formoterol increase the risk of death from asthma problems. It is not known whether budesonide, the other medicine in SYMBICORT, reduces the risk of death from asthma problems seen with formoterol.

  • Call your health care provider if breathing problems worsen over time while using SYMBICORT. You may need different treatment
  • Get emergency medical care if:
    • Breathing problems worsen quickly, and
    • You use your rescue inhaler medicine, but it does not relieve your breathing problems

SYMBICORT should be used only if your health care provider decides that your asthma is not well controlled with a long-term asthma control medicine, such as an inhaled corticosteroid, or that your asthma is severe enough to begin treatment with SYMBICORT.

If you are taking SYMBICORT, see your health care provider if your asthma does not improve or gets worse. It is important that your health care provider assess your asthma control on a regular basis. Your doctor will decide if it is possible for you to stop taking SYMBICORT and start taking a different long-term asthma control medicine without loss of asthma control.

Children and adolescents who take LABA medicines may have an increased risk of being hospitalized for asthma problems.

SYMBICORT does not replace rescue inhalers for sudden symptoms.

Be sure to tell your health care provider about all your medical conditions, including heart conditions or high blood pressure, and all medicines you may be taking. Some patients taking SYMBICORT may experience increased blood pressure, heart rate, or change in heart rhythm.

Do not use SYMBICORT more often than prescribed. While taking SYMBICORT, never use another medicine containing a LABA for any reason. Ask your health care provider or pharmacist if any of your other medicines are LABA medicines.

SYMBICORT may cause serious side effects, including:

  • Using too much of a LABA medicine may cause chest pain, increase in blood pressure, fast and irregular heartbeat, headache, tremor, or nervousness
  • Fungal infection in your mouth or throat (thrush). Rinse your mouth with water after using SYMBICORT to help reduce your chance of getting thrush
  • Pneumonia and other lower respiratory tract infections. People with COPD may have a higher chance of pneumonia and other lung infections. Call your doctor if you notice any of the following symptoms: change in amount or color of mucus, fever, chills, increased cough, or increased breathing problems
  • Immune system effects and a higher chance for infections. Tell your health care provider if you think you are exposed to infections such as chicken pox or measles, or if you have any signs of infection such as fever, pain, body aches, chills, feeling tired, nausea, or vomiting
  • Adrenal insufficiency. This can happen when you stop taking oral corticosteroid medicines and start inhaled corticosteroid medicine
  • Increased wheezing right after taking SYMBICORT. Always have a rescue inhaler with you to treat sudden wheezing
  • Serious allergic reactions including rash, hives, swelling of the face, mouth and tongue, and breathing problems
  • Lower bone mineral density can happen in people who have a high chance for low bone mineral density (osteoporosis)
  • Slowed growth in children. A child’s growth should be checked regularly while using SYMBICORT
  • Eye problems including glaucoma and cataracts. You should have regular eye exams while using SYMBICORT
  • Swelling of blood vessels. Signs include a feeling of pins and needles or numbness of arms or legs, flu like symptoms, rash, pain and swelling of the sinuses
  • Decreases in blood potassium levels (hypokalemia)
  • Increases in blood sugar levels (hyperglycemia)

The most common side effects in patients with asthma include nose and throat irritation, headache, upper respiratory tract infection, sore throat, sinusitis, flu, back pain, nasal congestion, stomach discomfort, vomiting, and thrush in the mouth and throat.

The most common side effects in patients with COPD include throat irritation, inflammation of the nasal passages and throat, thrush in the mouth and throat, bronchitis, sinusitis, and upper respiratory tract infection.

Approved Uses for SYMBICORT

SYMBICORT is a medicine for the treatment of asthma for people whose doctor has determined that their asthma is not well controlled with a long-term asthma control medicine such as an inhaled corticosteroid or whose asthma is severe enough to begin treatment with SYMBICORT. SYMBICORT 80/4.5 is for the treatment of asthma for children 6 to less than 12 years. SYMBICORT 80/4.5 and 160/4.5 are for the treatment of asthma for people 12 years and older. SYMBICORT is not a treatment for sudden asthma symptoms.

SYMBICORT 160/4.5 is for adults with COPD, including chronic bronchitis and emphysema.

You should only take 2 inhalations of SYMBICORT twice a day.

Please see full Prescribing Information and Medication Guide and discuss with your doctor.

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.FDA.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

 
 

Tracking Your Medications

If you'd like to talk to your doctor about your medications but you’re not sure where to start, why not try tracking your medications? It's a good way to open up the conversation, and it may help you and your doctor see patterns that emerge over time.

How to track your medications

Ideas for Setting Up Your
Medication Routine

Taking your medication as prescribed by your health care team is just one part of keeping healthy. Let’s face it though, forgetting "what" and "when" is easy to do, especially if you take more than one medication.

A simple way to get on top of your medication is to create a routine.

Learn how

What is a “Flare-Up”?

You might have heard your health care team call it an “exacerbation,” but they mean the same thing. A flare-up is when your breathing gets worse for a period of time. Flare-ups can be frightening, and the thought of having one may discourage you from doing certain things. Learning to recognize when you’re having a flare-up and what you can do about it is just one of the ways you can better manage your breathing.

Learn about the signs of a flare-up

Preserving Your Energy at Home

Spending time at home can be just as hectic as being at work, so it helps to take a balanced view and not expect to get everything done perfectly. Take a calm and methodical approach to activities, and sit down and rest for a few moments or practice a breathing technique when you need to.

5 energy-preserving ideas that can help

Everyday Preparation and Planning

A little planning may make it easier to manage your breathing. By thinking ahead about what’s in your day and how you can best take care of yourself, life might be a bit easier to handle.

Tips to help you prepare and plan better

Putting Yourself First

It’s easy to get swept along in life, dealing with an endless list of everyday tasks. And if you’re used to taking care of other people, you may sometimes just forget to look after yourself.

Learn how to start putting yourself first

Becoming More Physically Active

Physical activity can help your body to use oxygen better, building your energy levels. This can mean that you’re able to do more without getting breathless.

Ready, set, move

Finding Your Personal Motivation

Igniting personal change is an exciting prospect, but it can be a little challenging when you have a breathing condition. Replacing long-held habits that you're pretty attached to doesn’t happen overnight. But it helps to be kind to yourself, recognize and acknowledge every small step you take, and have a guiding light that keeps you going when the going gets tough.

Learn how to channel your motivation

How to Make Socializing Easier

You know how living with a breathing condition can get in the way of your everyday life. Keeping up with your social circle is a good way of keeping difficult emotions at bay and living in the here and now, so it's important you don't cut yourself off from the people you enjoy being around.

Try these 5 tips and socialize like you used to

Imagining Your “Trade-Offs”

Managing your breathing is about balancing daily life so you have the space—and breath—to do some of the things you want to. This means that you may have to make some “trade-offs”—that is, take some things out of your day so that you have room for what’s important to you.

Learn how you can open up your day

How to Ask for Help in a Confident Way

Asking for help can be surprisingly hard, yet it's a vital life skill we all need to learn. When you’re struggling with your day-to-day activities, it’s probably not easy to cope with everything alone.

Learn how to ask for help with confidence

What is COPD?

COPD, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, is a general term used to describe progressive lung diseases like emphysema and chronic bronchitis—both of which make it hard to breathe.

COPD may start with mild symptoms or even no symptoms.

Learn more about COPD

Understanding Emphysema, Chronic Bronchitis–COPD & Asthma

Both emphysema and chronic bronchitis are considered to be progressive lung diseases that fall under the general term COPD, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Asthma is a different lung disease, but can sometimes be mistaken for COPD because of similar symptoms.

How, then, do you tell them apart?

Learn the difference

How to Do Everyday Chores in a Smarter, More Efficient Way

Doing day-to-day chores and errands can be hard when you have a breathing difficulty—but with a little planning and creativity, you can still get things done pretty efficiently.

Tips to make chores easier