Although COPD is a serious and progressive disease, there are medicines available—including bronchodilators—that may help manage its symptoms.
Bronchodilators are a type of medicine that help open the airways to make it easier to breathe.
Beta-agonists are a type of bronchodilator that work by relaxing tightened muscles around the airways.
Beta-agonists may be long-acting, also known as maintenance medicines, or short-acting, also known as rescue medicines.
Long-acting maintenance medicines are taken on a regular basis every day. They do not treat sudden symptoms.
Short-acting rescue medicines start working within minutes. They are taken as needed for sudden symptoms.
Nebulized BROVANA® (arformoterol tartrate) Inhalation Solution is a long-acting beta2-agonist (LABA) medicine taken twice a day for the maintenance treatment of COPD. Go to Why Consider BROVANA to learn more.
Even if you are prescribed a maintenance medicine, you should always have a rescue inhaler with you to treat sudden symptoms. If you do not have a rescue inhaler, call your doctor to have one prescribed for you.
Most treatments for COPD are inhaled, either through a handheld inhaler or a nebulizer system.
A nebulizer system consists of a nebulizer (a small reservoir) and an air compressor. Pressurized air is used to change the medication to a fine mist. Generally, most nebulizer systems will deliver the medication in 5 to 15 minutes. Once set up, you breathe normally through a mouthpiece or mask to take your medication. After each use, the nebulizer should be cleaned according to the manufacturer's instructions. Learn more about nebulization.
Metered-dose inhaler (MDI)
A compact, portable device that combines medication with a propellant to produce a fine mist that you inhale. MDIs require device actuation, in which you activate the device and breath in deeply and slowly.
Dry powder inhaler (DPI)
A compact, portable device that contains powdered medication. These inhalers are breath-activated (when you inhale, it changes the medication into a fine powder). To use this type of inhaler, you may need to be able to inhale deeply and forcefully.
Soft-mist inhaler (SMI)
A compact, portable device named for the slow-moving mist of liquid medication they deliver. Like MDIs, SMIs require device actuation. Because the mist is slow moving, you may find SMIs easier to use than MDIs. SMIs require you to breath in deeply and slowly after releasing the dose.
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*BROVANA was evaluated in 2 clinical
studies with 1456 adults with COPD.