Skip to main content

Managing COPD – Medications

 You can prevent or ease your COPD symptoms, like shortness of breath, cough, mucus build-up and tiredness by taking your prescribed medication. Different types of medications treat different symptoms. Sometimes, you may have a flare-up where your symptoms get worse and your doctor may prescribe extra medications to help you feel better.

To get the full benefit from your medication, you must follow the doctor’s instructions and take the medications exactly as prescribed. Some medications need to be taken only when you need them, like a quick-relief bronchodilator. Others need to be taken regularly. If you are unsure when or how to take your medications or use your devices, ask your doctor, respiratory educator, pharmacist, or other healthcare providers.

Keep a list of all of the medications you take and show it to your doctor and pharmacist, so they can check for drug interactions.