MANAGING SEVERE COPD
Managing severe COPD will include a treatment plan that helps with different parts of your condition. Your doctor will help to create a treatment plan that meets your needs, which may include any of the following:
QUITTING SMOKING(and avoiding secondhand smoke)
ACTION PLAN FOR FLARE-UPS
As part of their treatment plan, people with severe COPD may also need to see a "pulmonologist" or lung specialist.
If you have severe COPD, your doctor may have prescribed quick-relief medications (called rescue inhalers) that are used for fast relief when symptoms occur, and maintenance medications used every day to help manage your disease. You may also sometimes be prescribed antibiotics, which are used to treat lung infections.
If you experience a flare-up, or a noticeable worsening of your usual breathing problems, you may require treatment with antibiotics, oral steroids and, in some cases, hospitalization.
Once you've had a flare-up, you are more likely to experience another one. If you have severe COPD, treatment with DALIRESP may help reduce your risk of future flare-ups. DALIRESP is not a bronchodilator and should not be used for treating sudden breathing problems.
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