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Treating COPD

Everyone’s COPD is different. And COPD is a progressive disease, so your doctor may change your medicine(s) over time as your disease changes. This is true for chronic bronchitis treatment, emphysema treatment, or any combination of the lung diseases that make up COPD.

  • COPD Treatments

    Many people with COPD take medicine daily to reduce symptoms. This is called maintenance treatment. In addition, people with COPD also have rescue inhalers for sudden symptoms. They each do different things, and both types of medicines are needed to manage your COPD.

    Along with your rescue inhaler, your doctor may put you on (images for illustration only):

    Icon of single inhaler therapy

    1 medicine in a single inhaler

    Icon of two inhalers indicating dual therapy

    Dual therapy
    2 medicines given in a single inhaler or multiple inhalers

    Multiple inhaler triple therapy
    3 medicines in multiple inhalers

    TRELEGY ELLIPTA inhaler icon

    Single inhaler triple therapy
    TRELEGY ELLIPTA is the only
    once-daily 3-in-1 treatment
    (3 medicines in 1 inhaler)

    Making sure you are on the right therapy for your COPD can help you better manage your symptoms. That’s one more reason why it’s important to partner with your doctor and share how you’re really doing.

  • Rescue Inhalers vs Maintenance Treatments

    Each of these medicines addresses a different COPD problem. Rescue, as the name implies, is for sudden breathing problems. Maintenance is something you take every day—to help prevent symptoms and flare-ups. They are both important.

    Rescue Inhalers

    • are short-acting COPD medicines that work quickly in case of sudden breathing problems.
    • are sometimes referred to as “quick relief.”
    • relax airway muscles within minutes and are generally effective for about 4 to 6 hours.

    Maintenance Treatments

    • are long-acting COPD medicines that are taken daily to help prevent symptoms from occurring.
    • include 1 (monotherapy), 2 (dual therapy), or 3 (triple therapy) COPD medicines delivered in 1 or more inhalers.

Managing COPD

  • What can I do to help manage my COPD?

    Finding a treatment plan that works for you and making healthy lifestyle choices are 2 ways you can take action to manage your COPD.

    COPD treatment plan

    Building a COPD Treatment Plan
    Be a true partner in your healthcare. Tell your doctor how you’re really doing to make sure you’re on the right medicine for you. Re-evaluate your plan based on your current COPD symptoms. Many people with COPD need to take a maintenance treatment every day to reduce or even prevent symptoms. This does not replace a rescue inhaler.

    Do what you can every day to do something good for yourself. The list below may help you live better with COPD. Talk to your doctor about what’s appropriate for you.

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    Exercise regularly

    Moon icon indicating sleep and rest

    Get plenty of rest

    Icon of plate and silverware indicating healthy eating

    Eat well

    Positive mindset icon

    Stay on treatment and have a positive mindset

    Quit smoking icon

    Stop smoking if you are currently a smoker, and avoid secondhand smoke

  • Breathing exercises for COPD

    Pursed-Lip Breathing provides a quick and easy way to slow the pace of breathing, making each breath more effective. This allows air that was trapped in the lungs to move out and air to enter the lungs, helping you relax.

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    Breathe in slowly through your nose. It can be a normal breath or a deep one – whatever is comfortable for you.

    Icon of pursed lips

    The Purse Pose

    Purse or pucker your lips together as if you’re blowing a kiss or putting out a candle.

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    Gently breathe out through your pursed lips. Nice and slowly.

Real patients share how COPD has affected them


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Once-daily TRELEGY is a prescription medicine used long term to treat chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, including chronic bronchitis, emphysema, or both, for better breathing and fewer flare-ups. TRELEGY is not used to relieve sudden breathing problems and won’t replace a rescue inhaler. Remember to watch the complete video to see additional safety information.

Once-daily TRELEGY 100/62.5/25 mcg is a prescription medicine used long term to treat chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), including chronic bronchitis, emphysema, or both, for better breathing and fewer flare-ups. TRELEGY is not used to relieve sudden breathing problems and won’t replace a rescue inhaler. Watch the complete video to see additional safety information.

Important Safety Information

  • Do not use TRELEGY to relieve sudden breathing problems.  Always have a rescue inhaler with you to treat sudden symptoms.
  • Do not use TRELEGY if you have a severe allergy to milk proteins or are allergic to any of the ingredients in TRELEGY.  Ask your healthcare provider if you are not sure.
  • Do not use TRELEGY more often than prescribed.
  • Do not take TRELEGY with other medicines that contain a long-acting beta2-adrenergic agonist (LABA) or an anticholinergic for any reason. Tell your healthcare provider about all your medical conditions and about all the medicines you take.

Please see additional Important Safety Information on this web page.
Please see full Prescribing Information, including Patient Information, on this web page.

TEXT ONSCREEN: COPD can make you and your loved ones feel overwhelmed

You’re run down, you have no energy.

I can’t get down on the ground and play with the kids like I used to.

Real patients who were taking TRELEGY at the time of filming and one of their caregivers. GSK paid them for their time and expenses for sharing their unique experiences. Individual results may vary.

It just kept getting worse. I kept getting … I got depressed. So I kind of stopped doing anything.


I was in a full blown panic 'cause I couldn’t catch my breath, and the more I tried, the more I panicked.

TRELEGY won’t replace a rescue inhaler.

He says, "Okay you have it," and he tells you right then how bad it is.


He says, "Your…your lungs are terrible." And I come out, and told…I told my wife that, and we both had a pretty good cry.


It’s a, "well, I used to be able to do that."

You’re gonna make me cry.

Oh no.


'Cause we’re fighters. We’re absolutely fighters.

You can’t change history, but you can change your future.


Individual results may vary.

You wanna go out and do as much research as possible. Find out, really, what is this disease? How are we gonna deal with it? So we started seeking as much information as we possibly could. We started thinking, "What do we have in store for us down the line?"

Mike & Susan

TEXT ONSCREEN: But you can do something about your COPD

So there are misconceptions about COPD. In days past, we used to think, or your patients used to think, "There's nothing I can do about this.”

Dr. Corbridge, Pulmonologist

We can treat it. And we can make patients feel better.

Dr. Corbridge is a physician and was a GSK employee at time of filming.

Individual results may vary.

TEXT ONSCREEN: Doing less is not “doing fine”

We know that patients underreport their symptoms. This is common in COPD. So if you ask a patient in a clinic visit, "How are you?" they often say, "Well, I'm doing fine." That may be because they have stopped doing things, have become more sedentary, stopped climbing stairs, and that mitigates that symptom of breathlessness.

TEXT ONSCREEN: You deserve to feel better

If you're feeling down at yourself because you think you've brought this on yourself, you’re feeling disgusted, or terrified that “Oh my gosh! I deserve this”– you don't deserve it, nobody deserves it. But now, it's time to get with the program and go see your doctor and get on a medicine.

I know that I made some mistakes in my health earlier, but it's up to you to take control of your life and move on from there. Just because you did this earlier in your life doesn't mean that that defines who you are, you know–you have a chance to do something else now.

TEXT ONSCREEN: The truth is, you can take action. Ask your doctor if TRELEGY is right for you

TRELEGY won’t replace a rescue inhaler for sudden breathing problems.

TRELEGY won’t replace a rescue inhaler.

Tell your doctor if you have a heart condition or high blood pressure before taking it.

Do not take TRELEGY more than prescribed. TRELEGY may increase your risk of thrush, pneumonia, and osteoporosis.

Use TRELEGY only once a day, every day.

Call your doctor if worsened breathing, chest pain, mouth or tongue swelling, problems urinating, vision changes, or eye pain occur.

Click here to watch a video on how TRELEGY works

Please see additional Important Safety Information and full Prescribing Information, including Patient Information on this web page.

TRELEGY ELLIPTA was developed in collaboration with INNOVIVA. The shape of the ELLIPTA inhaler is a trademark of GSK. Trademarks owned or licensed by GSK. ©2020 GSK or licensor. FVUVID200026 September 2020. Produced in USA.



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