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triggers of breathlessness.

See what they are

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Learn to breathe again

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A trick to help you breathe better


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Breathe easier in
the shower

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

Learn how

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My granddaughter
takes my breath away.

I don’t want COPD to
do the same.”

Have you been
told you have

or chronic bronchitis?

Did you know about COPD? Learn more

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Talking to loved ones
about your breathing

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Leg up!

How leg exercises may
improve breathing

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and you may

Listen to the “Take a Breath Singers”

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Breathing tough?

you can start making today

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this one

And you may improve your health

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How to
avoid some

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5 things
to do
with your kids
or grandkids

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Every little
bit counts.

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these tips &
a little


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at work.

Manage breathing
problems at the

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I <3 tech!

How the Internet can help you overcome some limitations

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4 common myths about chronic
lung disease—

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Why do I have more than one inhaler?

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

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it wears
me out!”

Don’t let hurdles hold
you back

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famous people
with COPD.

Read their stories

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What’s the difference?

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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

Chores & errands:
Tips for helping you do them.

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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

4 Common Triggers of SOB (Shortness of Breath)

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

See the triggers

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

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!

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

#Lungs #Breathing #Family

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

BREATHABLE: Helping You On Your Breathing Journey

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BREATHABLE was created for you. BREATHABLE is all about the experiences of people like you, with breathing difficulties—how they think, what they feel, how they live. It’s about understanding your needs and providing tips, information, guidance, and inspiration to help empower you.

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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

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

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

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

Important Safety Information About SYMBICORT Including Boxed WARNING

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 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 health 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 can cause serious side effects, including:

  • Pneumonia and other lower respiratory tract infections. People with COPD may have a higher chance of pneumonia. 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
  • Serious allergic reactions including rash, hives, swelling of the face, mouth and tongue, and breathing problems
  • Immune system effect and a higher chance of infection. 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
  • Using too much of a LABA medicine may cause chest pain, increase in blood pressure, fast and irregular heartbeat, headache, tremor, or nervousness
  • Increased wheezing right after taking SYMBICORT. Always have a rescue inhaler with you to treat sudden wheezing
  • Eye problems including glaucoma and cataracts. You should have regular eye exams while using SYMBICORT
  • 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
  • Swelling of blood vessels (signs include a feeling of pins and needles or numbness of arms or legs, flu like symptoms, rash, pain or swelling of the sinuses), decrease in blood potassium and increase in blood sugar levels

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

Common side effects in patients with COPD include 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 80/4.5 and 160/4.5 are medicines for the treatment of asthma for people 12 years and older 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 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. Higher doses will not provide additional benefits.

Please see full Prescribing Information, including Boxed WARNING, and Medication Guide and discuss with your doctor.

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