Living Well With COPD - Page 10

LIVING WELL WITH COPD COPD medications fall into two categories: • Maintenance medications are taken regularly, often daily, whether or not you have symptoms. They work to control symptoms over time. These are used regularly to keep airways open: - - - - 8 Long-acting beta-agonists (LABAs – Arcapta, Brovana, Formoterol, Perforomist, Serevent, Striverdi) Long-acting muscarinic antagonists (Incruse, Lonhala Magnair, Seebri, Spiriva, Tudorza) - - LABA/LAMA combination inhalers (Anoro, Bevespi, Stiolto) - - LABA/inhaled corticosteroids combination inhalers (Advair, Breo Ellipta, Symbicort) • Quick-relief rescue medications are used when you have increased COPD symptoms or flare-ups. These offer quick relief when having shortness of breath (maintenance medications can be continued during flare-ups): - - Short-acting beta-agonists (ProAir, Proventil, Ventolin, Xopenex HFA) - - Muscarinic antagonists (Atrovent) - - Combination (Combivent) COPD may change over time. So your medication requirements might change, too. Work closely with your health-care provider to evaluate which medications work best. Tell your doctor about all medications you take. This includes over-the-counter medicines and any complementary or herbal supplements. Alert your health-care provider to your allergies – both medication and otherwise. And don’t be shy; if you have even a minor problem, tell your doctor about it. Write down any concerns or questions before your doctor appointment. That way you won’t forget to ask them. Other medication management ideas: • Carry a current list of your medications at all times. Your list should include all over-the-counter vitamins and supplements. Also identify any food or medication allergies. • Take your inhaler with you to your appointment with your clinician. They can help you make sure you are using your device correctly. • If possible, get all your medications from one pharmacy. That way your pharmacist will know your full medication and allergy history. He or she will be able to advise both you and your doctor about any possible medication or food interactions. • All medications have potential side effects. However, the benefits of a particular medicine may outweigh them. Plus, people react differently to medications. One person may have no side effects. Another may have many adverse effects. Ask about possible side effects from each medication. Report them to your doctor. • Always ask your doctor about new medicines for your lung disease.