Medications Help Manage COPD Symptoms

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Paige Greenfield

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Although COPD has no cure, medications can make a big difference in the way you feel. The goals of treating COPD are to reduce your symptoms, slow the progression of the disease, and ward off complications. Remembering to take your medications means that you can feel as well as possible.


Here are some common medications your doctor may prescribe to help you breathe easier.

Bronchodilators

These drugs help relax the muscles around your airways. This allows air to flow more easily so that you're better able to breathe. Most bronchodilators come in a device called an inhaler, which delivers the medication directly into your lungs.

Scott Marlow, Pulmonary Rehabilitation Director at the Cleveland Clinic, demonstrates several breathing exercises for people with COPD that will help you get moving again.

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