Inhaler Quiz
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2/3 of patients do not use their inhalers correctly. Incorrect usage of inhalers can be a significant problem for COPD patients. Assess your inhaler.

Even though there is no cure for COPD, it can be managed with appropriate treatment. Optimal treatment will likely improve your general well-being.

What are the goals of COPD management?

COPD management aims to:

  • relieve COPD symptoms
  • prevent COPD from getting worse
  • reduce the number of COPD exacerbations(COPD flare-ups) and make flare-ups less severe
  • make it easier to exercise and do daily activities
  • treat flare-ups quickly and reduce the risk of health problems due to COPD

What does COPD management involve?

Your COPD management will likely include:

  • COPD treatment to keep the disease under control and manage symptoms
  • treatment of flare-ups
  • lifestyle changes such as starting an exercise program and quitting smoking
  • getting relevant vaccinations (e.g., flu and pneumococcal vaccines)
  • working with your health care team

How does my doctor choose a COPD treatment for me?

COPD treatment is based on how severe your COPD is and how often you have a flare-up.

It's important to know how severe your COPD is so you can make sure you're on a treatment that's appropriate for you.