Managing Your COPD

LIVING WITH COPD

There is no cure for COPD, but there are things you can do to help manage your symptoms. Several medications and inhalers are available to treat COPD. Talking with your doctor can help you determine which COPD medication or combination of medications is right for you. 

Two important types of COPD medication that can help you breathe more easily are rescue inhalers and maintenance inhalers.

Rescue vs Maintenance Inhalers

COPD patient holding a TUDORZA PRESSAIR inhaler

When To Use

Rescue Inhalers

Use as needed whenever you feel it’s difficult to breathe

Maintenance Inhalers

Take every day, even if you’re breathing better, to help prevent some COPD symptoms


What They Do

Rescue Inhalers

Quickly relieve COPD symptoms by relaxing muscles that tighten the airways

Maintenance Inhalers

Help keep airways open over a longer period of time

May reduce use of rescue inhalers, but don’t replace them

Rescue inhalers relieve symptoms quickly. Since COPD does not go away, your doctor may also prescribe a maintenance inhaler, which is used daily to help keep your airways open. Even if you take a maintenance inhaler, you may still need to use your rescue inhaler as needed. Tudorza® Pressair® is a maintenance inhaler and not to be used as a rescue inhaler.

Other COPD treatment options may include:

  • Pulmonary rehabilitation programs that can help patients with exercise, nutrition and other strategies
  • Oxygen therapy (breathing in oxygen through a nose tube or face mask) in cases of severe COPD and low levels of oxygen in your blood

Lifestyle Tips

Besides taking medication, there are many lifestyle measures that can also help to manage your COPD.

Quit Smoking

It’s the most important thing you can do to help manage your COPD. If quitting seems too hard, ask your doctor for help. There are programs, medications, and support groups available.

Avoid Lung Irritants

Secondhand smoke, dust, and other fumes or toxic substances can irritate your lungs.

Eat Healthy

COPD symptoms such as shortness of breath and fatigue can make it difficult to eat enough. Missing out on essential nutrients and/or not consuming enough calories may make your symptoms worse. Ask your doctor about getting help with diet and nutrition.

Stay Active

Getting the right kind of exercise can help keep your breathing muscles strong and improve your overall health. Ask your doctor what types of exercise are right for you.

INDICATIONS AND USAGE

TUDORZA PRESSAIR is a prescription medicine to treat chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). COPD is a long-term (chronic) lung disease that includes chronic bronchitis, emphysema or both.

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.

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION

Who should not use TUDORZA PRESSAIR?
Do not use TUDORZA PRESSAIR if you have a severe allergy to milk proteins, or are allergic to aclidinium bromide, or any of the ingredients in TUDORZA PRESSAIR. Ask your healthcare provider if you are not sure.

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.

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) or 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. In a long-term cardiovascular safety trial of up to 3 years, the adverse reactions (occurring at a rate of ≥2% and more common than placebo) were nausea, back pain, cough, high blood pressure, sinusitis, constipation, joint pain, anemia, muscle spasms, congestive heart failure, cellulitis (skin infection), and gastroesophageal reflux disease. These are not all the possible side effects with TUDORZA.

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

Who should not use TUDORZA PRESSAIR?
Do not use TUDORZA PRESSAIR if you have a severe allergy to milk proteins, or are allergic to aclidinium bromide, or any of the ingredients in TUDORZA PRESSAIR. Ask your healthcare provider if you are not sure.

INDICATIONS AND USAGE

TUDORZA PRESSAIR is a prescription medicine to treat chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). COPD is a long-term (chronic) lung disease that includes chronic bronchitis, emphysema or both.

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.

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION

Who should not use TUDORZA PRESSAIR?
Do not use TUDORZA PRESSAIR if you have a severe allergy to milk proteins, or are allergic to aclidinium bromide, or any of the ingredients in TUDORZA PRESSAIR. Ask your healthcare provider if you are not sure.

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.

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) or 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. In a long-term cardiovascular safety trial of up to 3 years, the adverse reactions (occurring at a rate of ≥2% and more common than placebo) were nausea, back pain, cough, high blood pressure, sinusitis, constipation, joint pain, anemia, muscle spasms, congestive heart failure, cellulitis (skin infection), and gastroesophageal reflux disease. These are not all the possible side effects with TUDORZA.

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