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Follow Your COPD Plan

While creating your COPD plan is important, the next step is figuring out how to make it part of your daily routine. It's a lot harder to forget to do something if it's ingrained in your life as a habit and becomes almost second nature.

Tips To Help You Stick To Your Plan

Take your COPD medication at the same time every day. Set a reminder on your mobile phone if it helps.

Always keep your healthcare team informed about Read More  any new symptoms or feelings you're experiencing. Make sure to fill out the COPD Checklist and take it to your appointment.

Keep your family and friends in the loop. Let them know if you need help getting to a doctor's appointment or completing daily tasks.

Calling in refills can be a simpler way of staying on top of things. Keep all of your pharmacy and prescription information handy so starting the refill process doesn't seem like such a chore.

Your COPD plan can be a great guide. Every now and then you may have to change your plan based on how things are going, but following the tips above can help you stick with it no matter what changes come your way.  Close 

Your Copd Action Plan

Your COPD Action plan is a guide to follow if your symptoms get worse. You and your healthcare team can determine what to do in case of a flare-up (COPD exacerbation).  Read More 

Here's a brief example of an Action plan:

  • During normal periods when no flare-ups occur, continue using your prescription COPD medication paired with breathing exercises, relaxation, and body position techniques, as advised by your healthcare team.
  • If your symptoms become worse than the normal day-to-day, contact your doctor or go to your nearest emergency medical center.
  • If symptoms suddenly become much worse and you're extremely short of breath, agitated, confused, drowsy, or have chest pain, call 911 or get emergency help immediately.

This is just an example of an Action plan. The important thing to do now is to create your own plan with your doctor so that you have a clear course of action for COPD management, including what to do in case things take a sudden turn for the worse. Close