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

  • 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 dise... 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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 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-... 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

  • 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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