Despite affecting millions of Americans, COPD is often misunderstood. Here are four myths to watch out for:
Actually, millions of people with this condition—up to 24 percent, according to the National Institutes of Health—have never had a cigarette. Being sick is not something to feel guilty about. That said, COPD is associated with smoking, and taking steps to quit is never a bad idea.
COPD may not be reversible, but it is treatable. People with COPD have treatment options available to them that can help. “Maintenance” treatments include options that can help reduce inflammation in the walls of the airways and may also work to relax the muscles around the airway wall, helping keep them open.
Some people think that once they’re diagnosed with COPD, there’s no point in quitting smoking. The truth is, it’s never too late to quit. Even though quitting won’t reverse the damage already done to your lungs, it will help to slow the advancement of your disease—which is a great benefit.
Having shortness of breath can make even light physical activity feel like an ordeal. But there’s something you can do. Ask your doctor about pulmonary rehabilitation, a program where breathing experts teach breathing techniques, exercises, and nutrition that can help make living with COPD less of a burden.
COPD: SYMBICORT 160/4.5 mcg is used long-term to improve symptoms of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), including chronic bronchitis and emphysema, for better breathing and fewer flare-ups.
Asthma: SYMBICORT is for the treatment of asthma in patients 6 years and older whose asthma is not well-controlled with an asthma-control medicine such as an inhaled corticosteroid (ICS) or whose asthma warrants treatment with both an ICS and a long-acting beta2-adrenergic agonist (LABA).
SYMBICORT is not used to relieve sudden breathing problems and will not replace a rescue inhaler.Please see full Prescribing Information and Patient Information, and discuss with your doctor.
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