Living with COPD - Manage the condition

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Ready for help on living with COPD?


If you have only recently become aware of COPD, it may sound a little scary and overwhelming - or, it may be a relief to finally know what is causing your breathing problems. The important thing now is to understand how regular treatment and an active and healthy lifestyle can help you manage your symptoms and slow down disease progression¹.

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How I can manage my COPD

Regular treatment and a healthy lifestyle, including regular exercise, a good diet and use of breathing techniques, can help to control symptoms and slow further damage to your lungs¹.
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Managing COPD flare-ups

Having a plan in place to manage your COPD is important. Managing your symptoms and lifestyle can help you cope with flare ups and improve your quality of life².
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Understanding disease progression

COPD is a progressive disease categorized into 4 key stages. The symptoms you experience are likely to increase in severity over time but can be managed1,3.

Patient Stories


Discover how to confidently manage your COPD by maintaining a happy and healthy lifestyle – read how people at every stage of the disease have used different therapies and techniques to manage their COPD.

Therapy options

  • Airway clearance

    Airway clearance

    Coughing is the body’s way of clearing mucus from the lungs. If you can no longer cough you may benefit from using an airway clearance device.

  • Ventilation


    Philips Respironics COPD ventilation solutions can help reduce the burden and breathe for you. Learn more about COPD AVAPS therapy & COPD ventilation therapy.

  • Compressor nebulizer systems

    Compressor nebulizer systems

    Nebulizers deliver your medication where it's needed most - your lungs. Many medications begin to work much quicker as a result.

  • Muscle training

    Muscle training

    Using a muscle trainer can improve your breath strength, exercise tolerance and quality of life.

  • Spacers


    A spacer is a chamber that attaches to your inhaler and supports medication delivery into your lungs.

  • Monitoring


    Take greater control of your life and therapy with measurements that can provide you useful information about your condition.

  • Oxygen


    Oxygen therapy can help reduce shortness of breath, make you feel better and allow you to remain active longer.


1. Healthline. COPD and You: Managing Your Symptoms. 
Accessed on 10 July 2015.

2. Healthline. COPD and You: Managing Your Symptoms. 
Accessed on 23 June 2015.

3. Healthline. COPD: Symptoms & Stages.
Accessed on 10 July 2015.

For informational purposes only, not to replace physician's directions.