Treatments for COPD
Whilst there is no cure for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), there are treatments that can help slow the progression of the condition and reduce the symptoms.
As one of the primary causes of the disease is smoking then the best way to prevent COPD from getting steadily worse is to stop smoking, thus avoiding further damage to your lungs. If the disease is in the early stages with mild symptoms, then no other treatment may be needed.
However if the symptoms are difficult and worrying then there are, depending on how severe your COPD is and what symptoms you have, a range of treatments that can help provide relief.
Treatments tend to fall into 3 distinct categories:
Treatments for stable COPD
Treatments for exacerbations of COPD
Treatments for end-stage COPD
Treatment is often a combination of medicines typically taken over a trial period of approximately 1-3 months during which time this will give an idea of whether the treatment is helping or not.
In addition, many people keep different medicines available in case they have a flare-up, when symptoms are particularly bad.
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has produced guidance about the diagnosis and treatment of COPD.
The Department of Health has been working with patients and healthcare providers to produce a strategy for COPD.