As COPD symptoms progress, you may benefit from a daily treatment.
Here are steps to knowing more.
You’ve already started on COPD treatment, and that’s a good thing. But COPD symptoms may change over time, and so may your treatment. So it’s important to stay aware of the progression of your symptoms, know your treatment options, and see your doctor regularly.
Learn about a treatment option that may be right for you.
RECOGNIZE IF YOUR SYMPTOMS ARE CHANGING
With COPD, symptoms are usually mild at first, but typically get worse over time. You may be aware of the obvious symptoms you have now, but are you able to recognize symptoms that are changing or worsening? Maybe you’re having one too many chest colds, or you’re just a little more out of breath than usual. If so, your COPD may be progressing.
Staying vigilant about changes in your symptoms and keeping your doctor informed can help your doctor know where you stand and prescribe the treatment you need as your COPD progresses.
KNOW ABOUT DAILY MAINTENANCE TREATMENTS
If you’re finding that you’re reaching for your rescue inhaler more than usual, your COPD may be progressing and your doctor may add a daily maintenance treatment to your medication routine.
Unlike a rescue inhaler, which you use for quick, temporary relief, a daily maintenance treatment can help you breathe better throughout the day. While it doesn't replace your rescue inhaler, it may reduce your need to use one.
There are many types of daily maintenance treatments including inhalers, nebulizer solutions, and oral medications, and you’ll want to consider all your options with your doctor.
Check in with your doctor regularly
Because COPD may progress over time, it’s important to keep your doctor informed about changes to your symptoms and how well you’re doing with your treatment plan. If you’re finding that COPD is getting in the way of your daily activities, speak up about that, too. Today there are medications that can help treat your COPD symptoms and fit into your daily routine.
If your symptoms worsen or you’re not getting the relief you would like from your treatment plan, see your doctor as soon as possible. He or she may recommend a treatment change that can help you better manage your COPD symptoms so you can get back to the things you like to do.
TAKE STEPS TO STAY ACTIVE LONGER
Managing COPD isn’t just about taking your medicine and following your treatment plan. It’s about doing your best to live a healthier, more balanced life, every day. Everything works together to help you breathe better and stay active longer.
Feeling motivated? Get tips on how to create a total COPD plan that includes:
- Working with your healthcare team
- Setting treatment and health goals with your doctor
- Finding ways to make a healthy diet and regular exercise part of your life