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Based on your answers, the one you care for hasn’t started on a daily maintenance treatment for their COPD. If they’re effectively managing their symptoms, that’s great news. But if they’re having trouble breathing, or they’re using their rescue inhaler a lot more often, it may be time to ask their doctor about daily treatment for COPD.
Know about daily maintenance treatments
Unlike a rescue inhaler, which you use for quick, temporary relief, a daily maintenance treatment can help them breathe better throughout the day. While it doesn't replace their rescue inhaler, it may reduce their need to use one. Results may vary.
There are many types of daily maintenance treatments including inhalers, nebulizer solutions, and oral medications, and they’ll want to consider all their options with their doctor.
Ask about treatment options
Speaking openly about their symptoms and how COPD is affecting their daily life will help their doctor create a treatment plan that can help them better manage their symptoms and stay as healthy and active as possible.
Questions you may want to ask their doctor are:
- How can they manage their COPD symptoms and still go about their daily activities?
- What can they do to manage their symptoms when their rescue inhaler isn’t enough?
- Are there other treatment options they should consider?
- Could dual therapy be right for the one I care for?