Treatments for COPD

Below is a listing of treatments, therapies, and surgeries for COPD. Click on one to read more information or connect with others currently using it.

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Advair (Fluticasone/Salmeterol)

Overview
Advair is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as maintenance treatment for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Advair is a combination drug composed of Flu... read more

AirDuo RespiClick (Fluticasone/Salmeterol)

Overview
AirDuo RespiClick is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat asthma in people age 12 years and older. AirDuo RespiClick may be prescribed off-label in cases of ... read more

Alvesco (Ciclesonide)

Overview
Alvesco is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2008 for maintenance treatment of asthma in people 12 years of age and older. In chronic obstructive pulmonary dis... read more

Anoro Ellipta (Umeclidinium/Vilanterol)

Overview
Anoro Ellipta is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as long-term, once-daily maintenance treatment for airflow obstruction in people with chronic obstructive pulmon... read more

Antibiotics

Overview
Antibiotics are medications that kill or inhibit the growth of microorganisms such as bacteria or fungi. Antibiotics work by attacking the source of the infection. Antibiotics may be prescribed in som... read more

Aralast NP (Alpha1-proteinase inhibitor [human])

Overview
Aralast NP is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as maintenance therapy in adults who have clinically evident emphysema due to Alpha-1 antitrypsin (AAT) deficiency,... read more

Arcapta Neohaler (Indacaterol maleate)

Overview

Arcapta is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2011 for maintenance treatment of airflow obstruction in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Arcapta is... read more

Arnuity Ellipta (Fluticasone furoate)

Overview

Arnuity Ellipta is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2014 for maintenance treatment of asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Arnuity Ellipt... read more

Asmanex (Mometasone)

Overview
Asmanex is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2005 for maintenance treatment of asthma. Asmanex is indicated for use in people four years of age and older. Asman... read more

Atrovent (Ipratropium bromide)

Overview
Atrovent is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the maintenance treatment of bronchospasms caused by asthma, allergies, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (CO... read more

Bevespi Aerosphere (Glycopyrrolate/Formoterol fumarate)

Overview
Bevespi Aerosphere is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as long-term maintenance treatment for airflow obstruction in people with chronic obstructive pulmonary dis... read more

Breo Ellipta (Fluticasone/Vilanterol)

Overview

Breo Ellipta is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2013 for daily maintenance treatment in cases of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Breo Ellipta ... read more

Brovana (Arformoterol)

Overview

Brovana is a prescription drug first approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for long-term maintenance of bronchoconstriction in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Brovana is n... read more

Bullectomy

Overview

In people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), the structure of the lung weakens. The alveoli, tiny sacs of air where carbon dioxide is exchanged for oxygen, may become damaged. If the... read more

Combivent Respimat (Ipratropium bromide/Albuterol)

Overview
Combivent Respimat is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2011 to prevent bronchospasm in people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Combivent Resp... read more

Daliresp (Roflumilast)

Overview
Daliresp is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to reduce the risk of exacerbations in people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), chronic bronchitis, ... read more

Duaklir Pressair (Aclidinium bromide/Formoterol fumarate)

Overview
Duaklir Pressair is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as long-term maintenance treatment for airflow obstruction in people with chronic obstructive pulmonary dise... read more

Dulera (Mometasone/Formoterol)

Overview
Dulera is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2010 for maintenance treatment of asthma. Dulera helps prevent bronchospasm in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease... read more

DuoNeb (Ipratropium/Albuterol)

Overview
DuoNeb is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat bronchospasm in people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) who need more than one bronchodilator... read more

Exercise

Overview

Even small amounts of physical activity can improve symptoms and promote general health in people with any stage of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Aerobic exercise keeps your heart he... read more

Fasenra (Benralizumab)

Overview
Fasenra is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat severe asthma in people age 12 and older. Fasenra may be prescribed in cases of asthma that test posit... read more

Flu shots

Overview
People with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are at greater risk for serious complications from influenza (the flu), such as pneumonia. It is important to protect yourself by receiving a f... read more

Foradil (Formoterol)

Overview
Foradil is a prescription drug first approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2001 for maintenance of asthma and prevention of bronchospasms in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD... read more

Glassia (Alpha1-proteinase inhibitor [human])

Overview
Glassia is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as maintenance therapy in adults who have clinically evident emphysema due to Alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency, a rare g... read more

Incruse Ellipta (Umeclidinium bromide)

Overview
Incruse Ellipta is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for long-term, once-daily maintenance treatment of airflow obstruction in people with chronic obstructive pulm... read more

Lonhala Magnair (Glycopyrrolate)

Overview
Lonhala Magnair is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as long-term maintenance treatment for airflow obstruction in people with chronic obstructive pulmonary diseas... read more

Lung transplant

Overview
Lung transplant may be an option for some people with end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) who have tried every other avenue of treatment. Lung transplants may involve one (single-lu... read more

Lung volume reduction surgery

Overview

Lung volume reduction surgery is an option for some people with severe, advanced emphysema, a type of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). In these people, the lungs are hyperinflated and c... read more

Mucinex (Guaifenesin)

Overview

Mucinex, also known by its drug name, Guaifenesin, is an over-the-counter medication used to relieve coughs and chest congestion associated with cold and flu. Some physicians recommend Mucinex to he... read more

Nebulizer

Overview

Nebulizers are small devices sometimes used to deliver medications directly into the lungs in people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Nebulizers can be used with a wide variety of ... read more

Nutrition

Overview
Like everyone else, people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) feel their best when they consistently eat a healthy, balanced diet. There is no specific diet for COPD, but many physician... read more

Oral or intravenous steroids

Overview
Corticosteroids (also referred to as steroids) are prescription medications used to control inflammation in people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Some COPD maintenance medications ... read more

Oxygen therapy

Overview

People with severe cases of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) may develop hypoxia, or low levels of oxygen in the blood. Breathlessness is not necessarily a sign of hypoxia. Hypoxia can o... read more

Perforomist (Formoterol)

Overview
Perforomist is a prescription drug first approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2001 for maintenance of asthma and prevention of bronchospasms in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (... read more

Prednisone

Overview

Prednisone is a prescription medication originally approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Prednisone is used to treat many conditions including allergies, Crohn’s disease, and chronic o... read more

ProAir (Albuterol)

Overview
ProAir is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to prevent or treat bronchospasm in people age 4 or older with reversible obstructive airway disease. ProAir is also in... read more

Prolastin-C (Alpha1-proteinase inhibitor [human])

Overview
Prolastin-C is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as maintenance therapy in adults who have clinically evident emphysema due to Alpha-1 antitrypsin (AAT) deficiency... read more

Proventil (Albuterol)

Overview
Proventil is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat or prevent bronchospasm in people age 4 and older with reversible obstructive airway disease. Proventil is ... read more

Pulmicort (Budesonide)

Overview
Pulmicort is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for maintenance treatment of asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Pulmicort is not indicated for... read more

Pulmonary rehabilitation

Overview

People with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) may develop shortness of breath that makes it difficult to walk and perform other daily activities. Pulmonary rehabilitation is a program des... read more

Rayos (Prednisone)

Overview
Rayos is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat acute exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Rayos is also known by its drug name, Pred... read more

Seebri Neohaler (Glycopyrrolate)

Overview
Seebri Neohaler is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for long-term maintenance of airway obstruction in people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). S... read more

Serevent Diskus (Salmeterol)

Overview
Serevent is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat asthma and prevent bronchospasms in people age 4 and older with reversible obstructive airway problems such ... read more

Spiriva (Tiotropium bromide)

Overview
Spiriva is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for long-term, once-daily maintenance treatment of bronchospasms in people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease ... read more

Stiolto Respimat (Tiotropium bromide/Olodaterol)

Overview
Stiolto Respimat is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as long-term, once-daily maintenance treatment for airflow obstruction in people with chronic obstructive pul... read more

Stop smoking and avoid lung irritants

Overview

People with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are less able to clear their lungs of irritants such as dust, germs, pollen and other irritants than those without the disease. These COPD sy... read more

Striverdi Respimat (Olodaterol)

Overview

Striverdi Respimat is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2014 for daily maintenance of bronchospasms in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Striverdi... read more

Symbicort (Budesonide/Formoterol)

Overview
Symbicort is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2006 for the treatment of asthma and 2009 for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Symbicort helps preve... read more

Theo-24 (Theophylline)

Overview

Theo-24 is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1983 to treat the symptoms of reversible airflow diseases such as asthma and chronic bronchitis. In severe cases ... read more

Tudorza (Aclidinium bromide)

Overview
Tudorza is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for maintenance treatment of bronchospasm in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Tudorza is not indicated fo... read more

Utibron Neohaler (Indacaterol/Glycopyrrolate)

Overview
Utibron Neohaler is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as long-term maintenance treatment for airflow obstruction in people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disea... read more

Ventolin (Albuterol)

Overview
Ventolin is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat or prevent bronchospasm in people age 4 and older with reversible obstructive airway disease. Ventolin is al... read more

Vitamin supplements

Overview

Like everyone else, people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) feel their best when they receive nutrients such as vitamins and minerals in proper proportions. Due to COPD symptoms and... read more

Xolair (Omalizumab)

Overview
Xolair is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved for use in people age 6 and older with moderate to severe asthma that is not controlled adequately with ... read more

Xopenex (Levalbuterol)

Overview
Xopenex is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to prevent and treat bronchospasms in diseases such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Xopene... read more

Zemaira (Alpha1-proteinase inhibitor [human])

Overview
Zemaira is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as maintenance therapy in adults who have clinically evident emphysema due to Alpha-1 antitrypsin (AAT) deficiency, a ... read more

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