Talk to Your Doctor

Whether you are meeting with your primary care doctor or a specialist, such as a pulmonologist, talking about chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) can be difficult. To make things easier and help you get the most out of your discussion, we've put together this simple 3-step guide.


Be Prepared
It's important to be prepared so you can get the most out of your visit. Here are some tips to keep in mind as your appointment nears:

  • Assess your condition. Are your symptoms getting better or worse?
  • Write down your concerns about COPD.
  • Have a practice discussion with a friend or family member.

Ask Questions
Your doctor is your greatest resource, so now is the best time to ask questions. Below is a list of sample questions that can get the conversation started:

  • How concerned should I be about COPD?
  • What changes can I make to improve my breathing?
  • What types of medicine are available for my condition?
  • Can TUDORZA help manage my symptoms?
  • What kind of help do you recommend for quitting smoking?

Set Goals
Extend your daily walk. Quit smoking. Take your medicine as prescribed. These are just a few examples of goals that can keep you motivated while managing your COPD. Discuss your goals with your doctor at your appointment. This will ensure that your doctor is involved in your overall health plan.

In the end, having an honest, continuous conversation with your doctor is an important step toward managing COPD, and it will put you well on your way to breathing more easily and moving forward. If you’d like, you can print this discussion guide and take it to your next appointment.

Looking for more information about COPD before your visit?
View our Helpful COPD Resources   


TUDORZA PRESSAIR is a prescription medicine used long term, 2 times each day to treat symptoms of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), including chronic bronchitis and emphysema.

TUDORZA is not a rescue medicine and should not be used for treating sudden breathing problems. Your doctor may give you other medicine to use for sudden breathing problems.


What important information should I know about TUDORZA?

TUDORZA is not a rescue medication and does not relieve sudden breathing problems. Always have a rescue inhaler medicine with you to treat sudden symptoms.

What should I tell my doctor before using TUDORZA?

Before you use TUDORZA, tell your doctor about all your medical conditions, including if you have eye problems (especially glaucoma), prostate or bladder problems, or problems passing urine. TUDORZA may make these problems worse. You should also let your doctor know if you have a severe allergy to milk proteins.

Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take, including prescription and non-prescription medicines and eyedrops. Especially tell your doctor if you take anticholinergics (including tiotropium, ipratropium) and atropine.

Do not use TUDORZA more often than prescribed or take more medicine than prescribed for you.

Seek immediate medical help if your breathing problems worsen with TUDORZA, you need to use your rescue inhaler more often than usual, or your rescue inhaler does not work as well for you.

What are the possible side effects of TUDORZA?

TUDORZA can cause serious side effects. Stop taking TUDORZA and seek medical help right away if you experience:

  • Sudden shortness of breath immediately after use of TUDORZA
  • New or worsened symptoms of increased pressure in your eyes (acute narrow-angle glaucoma), which may include eye pain, nausea or vomiting, blurred vision, seeing halos or bright colors around lights, or red eyes. Using only eyedrops to treat these symptoms may not work and if not treated, this could lead to permanent loss of vision
  • Symptoms of new or worsened urinary retention (difficult, painful, or frequent urination, or urination in a weak stream or drips)
  • Serious allergic reactions including rash, hives, swelling of the face, lips, tongue, or throat; breathing problems; and itching

What are the most common side effects of TUDORZA?

The most common side effects of TUDORZA include headache, common cold symptoms, and cough. These are not all the possible side effects with TUDORZA.

Please also see the full Prescribing Information, including Patient Information.