There are a variety of treatment options for COPD, including lifestyle changes, therapies, and medications. Your doctor may recommend a combination of these approaches. If your COPD treatment includes specific medicines, the two most common types are rescue inhalers and maintenance treatments.
Rescue inhaler vs maintenance treatment — what’s the difference?
- Short-acting COPD medicines that work quickly in case of sudden breathing problems
- They’re sometimes referred to as “quick relief” medications
- They relax airway muscles within minutes and are generally effective for about 4 to 6 hours
- They can be taken routinely to help prevent symptoms like coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breath.
- These treatments can include inhalers, oral medicines, and injections.
- Maintenance inhalers can include 1, 2, or 3 COPD medicines, delivered in 1 or more inhalers. ANORO is a dual therapy containing 2 medicines in 1 inhaler.
SOME TYPES OF MAINTENANCE TREATMENTS
LAMAs are medicines that keep airways open by blocking the tightening of the smooth muscle around your airways.
LAMAs and LABAs work together to open airways and improve breathing. LABAs open airways by relaxing muscles around the airways in your lungs and by dilating the smooth muscle in the airways. LAMAs keep them open by blocking the tightening of the airways’ smooth muscle. ANORO is a combination medicine that contains a LAMA and a LABA.
ANTI-INFLAMMATORY AND BRONCHODILATORS
These 2 medicines work together to improve breathing. ICSs reduce inflammation and swelling in your lungs. LABAs open airways by relaxing the smooth muscle in the airways in your lungs.
LAMA/LABA/ICS (Triple Therapy)
These 3 medicines combine to open airways, keep them open, and reduce inflammation. When 3 daily maintenance treatments are combined within 1 or 2 inhalers, this is called a “triple therapy.”