List of COPD Medications

Several different COPD medications are available, and many people require more than one medicine to treat their symptoms. You may have medication(s) you take on a daily basis, as well as medications that you take only during exacerbations (temporary worsening of symptoms). If you do not feel that your medications are working well enough, or if you are experiencing bothersome side effects, please speak with your healthcare provider. With so many different medications for COPD available, you may be able to find a medication or combination of medications that works better or is more tolerable.
Depending on the severity of your condition, your healthcare provider may recommend a number of medications for COPD treatment. These medications include:
  • Bronchodilators (medications to open the airways)
  • Steroids (including inhaled steroids)
  • Antibiotics
  • Immunizations.
(Click COPD Medications for a more detailed list of medications for COPD, including specific types of short-acting and long-acting medications. This article also explains why you may need more than one type of COPD medication.)
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