How Is COPD Treated?
Each person's COPD symptoms and treatment options are different. You and your healthcare team will work together to create a treatment plan that works for you. Your treatment plan will help you control your symptoms and know what to do when your COPD gets worse.
There is no cure for COPD, but treatment options may help you:
- Better control symptoms
- Slow the progression of the disease
- Reduce the risk of exacerbations or flare ups
- Improve your ability to stay active
Warning about over the counter (OTC) portable oxygen concentrators: You may have seen online advertisements for non-prescription, portable oxygen concentrators (POCs). While these are often more affordable, if you have a lung disease like COPD or pulmonary fibrosis, which requires you to use prescription oxygen, these OTC devices may not meet your oxygen needs and it would be important to speak with your health provider before purchasing.
Reviewed and approved by the American Lung Association Scientific and Medical Editorial Review Panel.
Page last updated: May 5, 2023