Living with Cryptogenic Organizing Pneumonia (COP) | American Lung Association

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Living with Cryptogenic Organizing Pneumonia (COP)

Most people recover after weeks or months of treatment with a steroid such as prednisone, or treatment of the specific underlying cause. However in some people, the disease may progress despite treatment.

What to Expect

Most individuals with COP will require treatment, most commonly a steroid like prednisone. Improvement is often seen within a few days or weeks. In some situations, COP may recur as the dosage of medication is reduced. If this happens, patients will need an additional course of treatment.

Managing of Disease

Patients with COP have an excellent prognosis. If you are treated with a corticosteroid, it is extremely important to take it as prescribed. Your doctor may also suggest you get a flu vaccine every year as well as a pneumococcal vaccine.

Follow-up testing may be suggested especially for patients who have a relapse.

Finding Support

The Lung Association recommends patients and caregivers join our Living with Lung Disease Support Community to connect with others facing this disease. You can also call the Lung Association's Lung HelpLine at 1-800-LUNGUSA to talk to a trained respiratory professional who can help answer your questions and connect you with additional support.


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