Understanding
COPD

What can I do to manage my COPD?

Many people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) need to take long-term maintenance medications every day, even when they are having good days. It's important to remember that results may not be felt immediately with maintenance medicines in the same way they are with a rescue inhaler.

In addition to COPD medications, there are other ways to help manage your COPD symptoms, some of which you may already be doing. Check with your doctor about what is most appropriate for you.

  • Exercise regularly
  • Eat well
  • Have a positive mindset
  • Get plenty of rest
  • Stay on treatment
  • Stop smoking if you haven't already, and avoid secondhand smoke

TRY THIS TECHNIQUE TO HELP YOUR BREATHING

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

The Pursed-Lip Breathing Technique can be done in just a few steps:

1InhaleBreathe in slowly through your nose. It can be a normal breath or a deep one—whatever is comfortable for you.
2The Purse PosePurse your lips together as if you're blowing a kiss or putting out a candle.
3ExhaleGently breathe out through your pursed lips.
Nice and slowly.

Go beyond symptoms

It's important to talk about more than just your symptoms with your doctor. You'll find some helpful ideas for your next visit in this handy discussion guide.

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Once-daily TRELEGY is a prescription medicine used long term to treat 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. TRELEGY is not for asthma.

Important Safety Information

  • TRELEGY is not for asthma. TRELEGY contains vilanterol. Long-acting beta2-adrenergic agonist (LABA) medicines such as vilanterol when used alone increase the risk of hospitalizations and death from asthma problems. TRELEGY contains an inhaled corticosteroid (ICS), an anticholinergic, and a LABA. When an ICS and LABA are used together, there is not a significant increased risk in hospitalizations and death from asthma problems.

Important Safety Information

  • TRELEGY is not for asthma. TRELEGY contains vilanterol. Long-acting beta2-adrenergic agonist (LABA) medicines such as vilanterol when used alone increase the risk of hospitalizations and death from asthma problems. TRELEGY contains an inhaled corticosteroid (ICS), an anticholinergic, and a LABA. When an ICS and LABA are used together, there is not a significant increased risk in hospitalizations and death from asthma problems.
  • 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 LABA or an anticholinergic for any reason. Tell your healthcare provider about all your medical conditions and about all the medicines you take.
  • Call your healthcare provider or get medical care right away if your breathing problems get worse, if you need your rescue inhaler more often than usual or it does not work as well to relieve your symptoms.
  • TRELEGY can cause serious side effects, including:
    • fungal infection in your mouth or throat (thrush). Rinse your mouth with water without swallowing after using TRELEGY to help reduce your chance of getting thrush.
    • pneumonia. People with COPD have a higher chance of getting pneumonia. TRELEGY may increase the chance of getting pneumonia. Call your healthcare provider if you notice any of the following symptoms: change in amount or color of mucus; fever; chills; increased cough; increased breathing problems.
    • weakened immune system and increased chance of getting infections.
    • reduced adrenal function. This can happen when you stop taking oral corticosteroids and start taking inhaled corticosteroids.
    • sudden breathing problems immediately after inhaling TRELEGY. If this happens, stop taking TRELEGY and call your healthcare provider right away.
    • serious allergic reactions. Call your healthcare provider or get emergency medical care if you get any of the following symptoms: rash; hives; swelling of your face, mouth, and tongue; breathing problems.
    • effects on heart: increased blood pressure; a fast or irregular heartbeat, awareness of heartbeat; chest pain.
    • effects on nervous system: tremor; nervousness.
    • bone thinning or weakness (osteoporosis).
    • new or worsened eye problems, including vision changes or eye pain. You should have regular eye exams while using TRELEGY. If you have symptoms including vision changes, eye pain, nausea, or vomiting, stop taking TRELEGY and call your healthcare provider right away.
    • new or worse urinary retention. Symptoms may include: difficult, painful, or frequent urination; urination in a weak stream or drips. If you have these symptoms, stop taking TRELEGY and call your healthcare provider right away.
    • changes in laboratory blood values, including high levels of blood sugar and low levels of potassium.
  • Common side effects of TRELEGY include: upper respiratory tract infection; pneumonia; bronchitis; thrush in your mouth and throat (rinse your mouth with water without swallowing after use to help prevent this); headache; back pain; joint pain; flu; inflammation of the sinuses; runny nose and sore throat; taste disturbance; constipation; painful and frequent urination (signs of a urinary tract infection); nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea; mouth and/or throat pain; cough; and hoarseness.

Please see full Prescribing Information, including Patient Information, for TRELEGY.

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA.Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch, or call 1-800-FDA-1088.