What is COPD?

What is COPD?

COPD is a progressive respiratory disease that makes it harder to breathe over time. The term COPD actually includes 2 different respiratory conditions: chronic bronchitis and/or emphysema.

Bronchitis is a swelling of the airways. It typically causes a phlegmy cough and wheezing, and can make it hard to breathe.

Emphysema involves damage to the air sacs in the lungs. It can cause shortness of breath and a tight feeling in the chest.

To determine whether you have COPD, your doctor may perform a test called spirometry that measures how much air your lungs can hold and how forcefully you can breathe out.

If you have COPD, nebulized BROVANA® (arformoterol tartrate) Inhalation Solution may help manage your symptoms. Go to Why Consider BROVANA to learn more.

COPD is a disease that makes it harder to breath over time

While there is no cure for COPD, it is manageable—typically through a combination of proper medication and positive lifestyle changes.

What are the causes and symptoms of COPD?

The primary cause of COPD is prolonged exposure to irritants that damage the lungs. At first the disease may show only mild symptoms, but as it progresses symptoms usually get worse. The following are known causes and common symptoms of COPD.

COPD causes

Smoking is a factor to develop COPD
Smoking—the largest contributing factor for developing COPD
Environmental factors
Environmental exposure (chemicals, air pollution, secondhand smoke)
Genetic factors
Genetic factors (specifically alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency)
History if previous infections
History of childhood respiratory infections

COPD symptoms

COPD symptoms - coughing
Constant coughing, sometimes called "smoker's cough"
COPD symptoms - shortness of breath
Shortness of breath
COPD symptoms - Wheezing and tightness in the chest
Wheezing and tightness in the chest when breathing
COPD symptoms - excess mucus
Excess production of mucus in the lungs
COPD treatment option

A Clinically Proven* COPD
Treatment Option

Read about nebulized BROVANA® (arformoterol tartrate) Inhalation Solution.


*BROVANA was evaluated in 2 clinical studies with 1456 adults with COPD.

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