Understanding COPD(chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
COPD is a chronic lung disease that includes chronic bronchitis, emphysema, or both. COPD affects the lungs and causes reduced airflow, which makes it hard to breathe. It is also progressive, which means it worsens over time, but with treatment, symptoms may improve. Your doctor can tell you what treatment is right for you.
Millions of Americans are affected by COPD
Approximately 15 million adults in the US are diagnosed with COPD. It is estimated that millions more have it and don't even know it.
Cigarette smoking is the most common cause of COPD. Most people who have COPD smoke or used to smoke. It's possible to have COPD even if you have never smoked. Secondhand cigarette smoke can also be a cause of COPD. There are several other potential causes of COPD like:
How does COPD affect the lungs?
First, it is important to understand how the lungs work. When we breathe, air travels down the windpipe into the lungs and then into smaller airways (bronchial tubes). At the ends of these tubes, there are bunches of tiny elastic air sacs called alveoli, which expand when we breathe in and deflate when we breathe out. This is how the body transfers oxygen into the bloodstream and then releases carbon dioxide waste.
COPD disrupts the airflow in and out of your lungs and reduces your lung function. See some of the reasons below:
What are emphysema and chronic bronchitis?
How ANORO can help
The two long-acting bronchodilators, an anticholinergic and a long-acting beta2-adrenergic agonist (LABA), found in ANORO combine to treat airflow obstruction in patients with COPD, including chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Both medicines work together to relax smooth muscles around airways and open air passages in the lungs, making it easier to breathe.
Once-daily ANORO helps keep airways open to prevent COPD symptoms and helps you breathe better for a full 24 hours. Your results may vary.
Symptoms include wheezing, cough, chest tightness, and shortness of breath.
Once-daily ANORO is a prescription medicine used long term to treat chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), including chronic bronchitis, emphysema, or both, for better breathing. ANORO is not used to treat sudden COPD symptoms and won't replace a rescue inhaler. ANORO is not for asthma.
If you have COPD, ask your doctor if ANORO could be right for you.