What is COPD?

Understanding My COPD

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a chronic, progressive lung disease that makes it hard to breathe. People with COPD can have chronic bronchitis and/or emphysema.

Common signs and symptoms of COPD include:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Constant cough
  • Excess mucus production
  • Wheezing
  • Chest tightness

Illustration of a normal lung airway

Normal Airway

Illustration of a lung airway with COPD

Airway with COPD

Components of COPD

Chronic Bronchitis

In chronic bronchitis, your breathing tubes (bronchial airways) inside your lungs become inflamed and produce too much phlegm. This makes it harder for your body to clear away mucus and leads to persistent coughing. Your airways then become swollen and clogged. Chronic bronchitis is a major symptom of COPD.

Emphysema

In emphysema, the air sacs in your lungs become damaged. This in turn stretches your lung walls, making it harder to move air in and out. It becomes harder to get oxygen in and carbon dioxide (the waste product of your breathing) out. Emphysema is another leading symptom of COPD.

 

Stages of COPD

COPD gets worse over time and has 4 stages of severity (mild, moderate, severe, and very severe). Symptoms and quality of life can improve with medication such as maintenance inhalers.

In the United States COPD is the
3rd LEADING CAUSE OF DEATH
due to Disease

15 MILLION

Americans have been diagnosed with COPD

12 MILLION

Americans remain undiagnosed

The prevalence of COPD is
HIGHER in WOMEN than in MEN

TOTAL DEATHS BY COPD

are expected to continue to increase by 30% in the next 10 years.

30 MILLION AMERICANS

are estimated to be affected by COPD

Talk to your doctor about COPD if you are experiencing these symptoms. Use this helpful Doctor Discussion Guide.

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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.