In 2010, more than 14 million
people were identified as having COPD.
It is estimated that another 12 million
may have the disease, but remain undiagnosed.
How does COPD make it so hard to breathe? COPD is a progressive disease. “Progressive” means that it gets worse over time. When you have COPD, the airways of the lungs become inflamed, making them narrow. They can become clogged with mucus, which is produced more than normal in COPD. This makes it difficult to get air in and out of the lungs, and can lead to breathing difficulties.
COPD develops over time, typically due to long-term exposure of the lungs to cigarette smoke or other environmental irritants. When you have COPD, you may have one or both of the conditions that make up the disease—chronic bronchitis and emphysema.
Chronic bronchitis In chronic bronchitis, damage to your airways causes the linings of the airways to become inflamed, and thicken. Your airways may also make more mucus than normal. This can lead to persistent coughing as your body tries to get rid of the extra mucus.
Emphysema In emphysema, some of the walls of the air sacs in your lungs are destroyed, leading to fewer, larger, and less flexible sacs, which means less surface area is available to absorb oxygen from the air you breathe.
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.