COPD - You can breathe easier and prevent flare-ups.

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a lung disease that over time makes it harder for you to breathe. COPD exacerbations (flare-ups) cause the disease to progress faster and can shorten your life. Your health care providers will answer many of your COPD questions. We can help you play an active role in managing COPD.
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Much can be done to prevent COPD flare-ups.

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Living Well With COPD


Make a COPD Action Plan with Your Provider

Plan for good and bad breathing days and when to take what medicines.
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COPD Medicines Can Be Life-Saving

  • Have your COPD prescriptions filled as soon as they are given to you.
  • Take your medicines at the right times.
  • Long and short-acting bronchodilators work to keep your lungs' airways open.
  • Your short-acting bronchodilator does not take the place of your regular longer- acting breathing medicines.
  • Corticosteroid (common name Prednisone) decreases inflammation and swelling in your lungs' airways and helps prevent COPD flare-ups.

Learn more about your COPD medicines.
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How Well Are Your Lungs Functioning?

Your doctor will perform tests on your lungs.
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There are tests you should do yourself.
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What Else Can You Do to Live Better with COPD?

If you smoke, it's time to quit.
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Air pollution, chemicals, dust and more can trigger a flare-up. Know your triggers and avoid them.
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You can live an active life with COPD.
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More Tools for Living with COPD

Get help from medical professionals at 1-880-LUNG-USA or learn more.
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Air pollution affects your lungs. Learn what the Air Quality Index means.
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See how your lungs work.
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Video: Breathing Exercises for COPD Patients
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