COPD Treatment Options

When you are diagnosed with COPD, you will likely have many questions and the answers may not always be clear at first. COPD does not always present itself the same in all patients and treatment options may differ from patient to patient. It is important to talk to your doctor about your treatment options and get all of your questions answered.

COPD Medications

There are a variety of medicines available to treat COPD. What is important to know is that there is no "best" medicine for all people. Each person's COPD is different and your doctor and health care team will work with you to set up the best plan for you, based upon your symptoms and your needs. » More.

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By taking the right medicine at the right time, you can:

  • Breathe better
  • Do more of the things you want to do
  • Have fewer flare-ups, or exacerbationsWorsening or a "flare up" of COPD.

Pulmonary Rehabilitation

If you or someone you love suffers from chronic lung disease, like COPD, there is hope for rebuilding strength and enjoying a fuller, more active life. Pulmonary rehabilitation programs typically combine education, exercise training, nutrition advice and counseling. » More

Supplemental Oxygen

Your body needs oxygen to do everything from breathing, to carrying out bodily functions, to going to the grocery store. Sometimes with COPD, breathing ability is reduced so much that the body needs extra oxygen, or supplemental oxygen (also called oxygen therapy). » More 


Some COPD patients with very severe symptoms may have a hard time breathing all of the time. In some of these cases, doctors may suggest lung surgery to improve breathing. Not everyone is a candidate for lung surgery. » More

Clinical Trials

Clinical trials are research studies that test how well new medical approaches work in people. Each study answers scientific questions and tries to find better ways to prevent, screen for, diagnose, or treat a disease. People who take part in clinical trials for COPD have an opportunity to contribute to knowledge of, and progress against COPD. They also receive up-to-date care from experts. » More

Complementary Therapies

Complementary therapies refers to the many therapies, philosophies and practices that are not considered conventional or standard. Some examples of complementary therapy included massage, yoga and acupuncture. These techniques can’t treat COPD, but may be able to improve symptoms and quality of life. Always discuss these techniques with your care team before you participate. » More

Palliative Care and COPD

Palliative care is a specialty in medicine focused on treating the symptoms, pain and stress that accompany serious illnesses like COPD. It is available to you from the moment you are diagnosed and through the entire course of your illness. The goal of palliative care is to help you, and your family, achieve the highest quality of life. » More