COPD therapy faqs

Commonly asked therapy questions


If you are newly diagnosed with COPD, you may have many questions about the disease itself, the type of treatment you can expect and how it will affect your life.

For many, the idea of therapy is daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. The following help answer some of the most commonly asked COPD questions about therapy.

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How can I manage my COPD?
Regular treatment and maintenance of a healthy lifestyle, including regular exercise, healthy diet and use of breathing techniques, can help to control symptoms and slow the development of further damage to your lungs. Recognizing the triggers for flare-ups and having a plan in place to manage them is an important factor in preserving lung function and slowing disease progression¹.
I need oxygen
Having COPD does not mean you have to give up traveling. You can still go on vacation, but you just need to do a bit of extra planning to make sure your trip is both fun and safe. Most importantly, you should always discuss your plans to travel with your doctor – where you are going, how long you plan to be away and how you will be getting there. He or she will know if you are well enough to travel and be able to advise you on who you need to contact and hen about travelling with oxygen. Most airlines, trains and cruise ships allow you to travel with your own oxygen as long as you notify them in advance².
What is Pulmonary Rehab?
Pulmonary rehab can help improve your breathing and increase your ability to exercise and participate in daily life. Pulmonary rehab programs also include education classes. These tell you about COPD and provide useful information on treatment, including drug action, side effects, and using an inhaler. They provide guidance on self-management of your COPD, including your diet, nutrition, and weight management, the importance of exercise and strategies for managing breathing problems including breathing retraining⁵.
How do you know my treatment is working properly
When you have COPD, it is important that you visit your doctor or nurse regularly so that they can monitor your progress and assess whether a change in treatment is needed. They will carry out a number of tests that will indicate if your symptoms have worsened since your last visit. If your test results show no improvement, or deterioration in your lung function, some changes may be made to your medication to help you manage your daily life and exercise more effectively³,⁴.

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1. Web MD. COPD Treatments: Improving Your Quality of Life.
Accessed on 3 August 2015.

2. Web MD. COPD and Portable Oxygen Therapy. 
Accessed on 5 August 2015.

3. & 4. Web MD. COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) - Exams and Tests. 
Accessed on 5 August 2015.

5. American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR). Pulmonary Rehabilitation. 
Access on 6 June 2015.

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