WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT LIVING WITH COPD
While you may be doing things to improve your condition like getting regular exercise, eating healthier, or quitting smoking, you may want to ask your doctor about treatment options that can help you breathe better. Since chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) affects everyone differently, your treatment plan may be different from the plan of someone else who has COPD. You and your doctor should work together to decide on a treatment plan that's right for you.
Symptoms of COPD
COPD symptoms can evolve over time, impacting your day-to-day activity level and life. Managing these symptoms can be challenging, but with an effective treatment plan, you can face your COPD head on. It's important to know the symptoms you may experience.
- Difficulty breathing
You may experience a shortness of breath and/or wheezing during normal activity or while at rest.
- Chest tightness
You may have the feeling that something is squeezing or sitting on your chest, making it hard to breathe.
- Coughing up mucus
You may experience a change in the amount or color of mucus coughed up.
- Flare-ups: worsening of symptoms
Your symptoms (difficulty breathing, chest tightness, and coughing up mucus) may be worse than usual for several days and require steroids (like prednisone), antibiotics, and/or an emergency room or hospital stay.
If you're on a maintenance medication and still experience any or all of these symptoms, you should talk to your doctor.
Make the most of your next visit to the doctor
When you visit your doctor, you want to talk openly about your COPD, including chronic bronchitis, emphysema, or both, by discussing how it's impacting your life. So take charge and know what you want to talk about, with the help of this discussion guide.
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.