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.
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 walls of the airways of your lungs. They largely include inhaled corticosteroids (ICS), 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 is delivered through an inhaler and can help you breathe better starting within 5 minutes.*
In addition, vaccines, antibiotics, lifestyle changes like quitting smoking, and a variety of non-medicinal COPD treatments are used to help manage COPD.
*Results may vary.
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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The information on this Web site should not take the place of talking with your doctor or health care professional. If you have any questions about your condition, or if you would like more information about SYMBICORT, asthma, or COPD, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. Only you and your doctor can decide if SYMBICORT is right for you.