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Living with COPD can be challenging. Learning to avoid COPD triggers is important to help manage your symptoms. Here are some tips:

Home

There can be many COPD triggers at home, and considering you spend most of your time there, it’s important to learn what the triggers are and how best to avoid them.

Household Tips

  • Keep your home smoke-free. Let your family and friends know so they can support you.
  • Arrange your home so things that you use every day are easy to reach.
  • Try to do something relaxing before bed and get to bed at the same time every night.
  • Keep your windows closed and try to stay inside on days when outside air quality is poor.
  • If you need to have some work done on your home like painting or spraying for insects, plan to have it done when you’ll be away from home.

Leisure

  • Let your family know your home and car are smoke-free.
  • If you’re outside and active, take breaks when you need to.
  • Avoid smoke from grills, campfires, and fire pits.
  • Instead of big meals, eat smaller meals throughout the day if possible. Feeling very full may make it harder to breathe.

Work

If you suspect your symptoms are worse at work, talk with your doctor. Together, you can determine and address the causes.

Air Quality

  • Outdoor designated smoking areas should be clear from doorways and walking paths. Let your employer know if they’re not.
  • If you’re entertaining clients, choose places that are smoke-free, and avoid other public places that allow smoking.

Travel

Remember that when you’re traveling, your COPD will need the same, if not more, attention you give it at home. New places can mean new triggers, so anything you can do to prepare will help.

Know Your Destination

  • Check your destination for things like weather forecasts and pollution levels beforehand.
  • Make sure your hotel has smoke-free rooms.
  • If your travel is for work, try to find a hotel close by the office to avoid a long, stressful commute.
  • If you plan to sightsee, find tours that offer transportation and don’t involve too much walking.

Airplanes

  • Bring sanitizing wipes to clean the area around your seat and to use after visiting the restroom.
  • Air inside planes can carry germs. When traveling during cold and flu season, bring a mask just in case.

Exercise

Talk to your doctor about how physical activity can help you manage your COPD symptoms.

Exercise Basics

  • If you ever feel winded or short of breath while exercising, stop immediately.
  • Short walks or light activity may be good options.
  • If the temperature outdoors is either very hot or very cold, try exercising indoors.
Tips and techniques to help your COPD

There’s a lot you’re probably already doing to help manage your COPD symptoms, like exercising regularly, getting plenty of rest, eating well, staying on treatment, having a positive mind-set, and living an overall healthier lifestyle. This simple breathing exercise may also help.

The “Pursed-Lip Breathing Technique”

You can do this technique in 4 steps:

1.
Inhale
Breathe in slowly through your nose. It can be a normal breath or a deep one–whatever is comfortable for you.
2.
Pursed-Lip Pose
Purse your lips together as if you’re blowing a kiss or putting out a candle. Go on, give it a good one.
3.
Exhale
Gently breathe out through your pursed lips. Nice and slowly.
4.
Hand and Hand
One more optional step is to put one hand on your abdomen and the other on your chest as you repeat the exercise.
Once-daily ANORO helps open airways and keep them open to significantly improve lung function, so you can breathe better all day and all night. Your results may vary.

Talk to your doctor to see if ANORO can help with your COPD.

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION FOR ANORO ELLIPTA

  • ANORO is only approved for use in COPD. ANORO is NOT approved for use in asthma.
  • People with asthma who take long-acting beta2-adrenergic agonist (LABA) medicines, such as vilanterol (one of the medicines in ANORO), have an increased risk of death from asthma problems. It is not known if LABA medicines increase the risk of death in people with COPD.

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION FOR ANORO ELLIPTA

  • ANORO is only approved for use in COPD. ANORO is NOT approved for use in asthma.
  • People with asthma who take long-acting beta2-adrenergic agonist (LABA) medicines, such as vilanterol (one of the medicines in ANORO), have an increased risk of death from asthma problems. It is not known if LABA medicines increase the risk of death in people with COPD.
  • Call your healthcare provider if breathing problems worsen over time while using ANORO.
  • Get emergency medical care if your breathing worsens quickly or if use of your rescue inhaler does not relieve your breathing problems.
  • Do not use ANORO to treat sudden breathing problems. Always have a rescue inhaler with you to treat sudden symptoms.
  • It is not known if ANORO is safe and effective in people with asthma.
  • Do not use ANORO if you have a severe allergy to milk proteins or any of the ingredients in ANORO. Ask your healthcare provider if you are not sure.
  • Do not use ANORO more often than prescribed.
  • Do not take ANORO with other medicines that contain a LABA or an anticholinergic for any reason. Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take and about all of your health conditions.
  • ANORO can cause serious side effects, including:
    • sudden breathing problems immediately after inhaling your medicine. If you experience this, stop using ANORO and call your healthcare provider right away.
    • serious allergic reactions. Call your healthcare provider or get emergency medical care if you get any of the following symptoms:
      • rash
      • hives
      • swelling of your face, mouth, and tongue
      • breathing problems
    • effects on heart
      • increased blood pressure
      • a fast or irregular heartbeat, awareness of heartbeat
      • chest pain
    • effects on nervous system
      • tremor
      • nervousness
    • new or worsened eye problems, including acute narrow-angle glaucoma that can cause permanent loss of vision if not treated. Symptoms may include:
      • eye pain or discomfort
      • nausea or vomiting
      • blurred vision
      • seeing halos or bright colors around lights
      • red eyes

      If you have these symptoms, call your healthcare provider right away before taking another dose.
    • urinary retention. People who take ANORO may develop new or worse urinary retention. Symptoms may include:
      • difficulty urinating
      • painful urination
      • urinating frequently
      • urination in a weak stream or drips

      If you have these symptoms, stop taking ANORO and call your healthcare provider right away before taking another dose.
    • changes in laboratory blood levels, including high levels of blood sugar and low levels of potassium
  • Common side effects of ANORO include:
    • sore throat
    • sinus infection
    • lower respiratory infection
    • common cold symptoms
    • constipation
    • diarrhea
    • pain in your arms or legs
    • muscle spasms
    • neck pain
    • chest pain
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch, or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch, or call 1-800-FDA-1088.