COPD Treatment Options
COPD currently has no cure, but it is treatable.
There are steps you can take to help manage your condition. If you are taking medication to treat your COPD, it is very important to take the medicine exactly as your doctor has prescribed.
In general, the goals of COPD treatment include:
- Relieving your symptoms
- Slowing the progression of your disease
- Improving your ability to stay active
- Preventing and treating complications
- Improving your general overall health
Living with COPD
There are many treatments currently available for COPD. Your doctor will decide what the best treatment option is for you based on the severity of your symptoms. Two categories of medicine used to treat COPD include:
These are medications that help reduce inflammation (swelling) in the airways of your lungs. They largely include (ICS) inhaled corticosteroids, which may help control COPD symptoms by reducing inflammation.
Bronchodilators help relax the muscles around the airways to open them up. Depending on the severity of your COPD, your doctor may prescribe short-acting bronchodilators (“rescue” treatment) like SABAs (short-acting beta2-adrenergic agonists) for quick relief of sudden symptoms; or long-acting bronchodilators (“maintenance” treatment) such as LABAs (long-acting beta2-adrenergic agonists) for chronic, long-term symptoms.
SYMBICORT contains 2 of these medicines—an ICS and a LABA—that work together to help improve lung function in COPD.*
SYMBICORT is delivered through an inhaler and can help you breathe better starting within 5 minutes.*
Remember, SYMBICORT will not replace a rescue inhaler for sudden symptoms.
In addition, vaccines, antibiotics, lifestyle changes like quitting smoking, and a variety of non-medicinal COPD treatments are used to help manage COPD.
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*Results may vary.