You may benefit from another type of COPD daily maintenance treatment.
Here are steps to knowing more.
If your COPD symptoms have become a challenge, or if you’ve had to seek help for a flare-up, you should know that you may have other treatment options. Here are some positive steps you can take, starting today.
Learn about a treatment option that may be right for you.
Understand why it's good
to seek more help
You probably make it a point to talk with your doctor, and that’s a good thing. However, if you’re not telling your doctor the “whole story” about how COPD is affecting your health and your life, your doctor may not be able to recommend appropriate treatment options. With the right treatment plan, it may be possible to manage your symptoms, and you may even reduce your risk of COPD exacerbations (flare-ups).
If you smoke, you may also want to ask your doctor about ways to quit. Smoking not only makes it more difficult to breathe, it can also harm nearly every organ in your body, affecting your overall health.
Even if you think you know COPD, learn how COPD progresses, how to identify flare-ups, and what you can do.
Know your options
If you’re finding it hard to manage your symptoms, it may be that you need more from a daily maintenance therapy, and you may want to ask your doctor about a triple therapy option. It’s a form of daily maintenance treatment that includes all 3 types of inhaled COPD maintenance medicines to help control symptoms.
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. With the right treatment plan, you may be able to breathe better throughout the day and reduce your risk of COPD flare-ups.
TALK OPENLY WITH YOUR DOCTOR
It’s never too late to get the help you need.
Knowing how to talk with your doctor can help you and your doctor find the best COPD treatment for your symptoms — and your lifestyle needs.
Now is the time to get the help you need. Talk about all of your symptoms — and your concerns. If you’re worried that COPD is getting in the way of things you like to do, say it. If you're frustrated with managing multiple COPD meds, speak up and ask about other options that can help treat your COPD symptoms.
Managing COPD takes daily commitment and courage, but you don’t have to go it alone.
In addition to your healthcare team, family, and friends, try reaching out to COPD support groups, organizations, and even social networks. There are experts, healthcare professionals, and people with COPD who are ready and able to provide support.
Finding it hard to reach out? We can help you get connected.