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.

Chronic 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 includes Chronic Bronchitis and/or Emphysema

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

COPD Cause: Smoking

Smoking—the largest contributing factor for developing COPD

COPD Cause: Genetic Factors

Genetic factors (specifically alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency)

COPD Cause: Environmental Exposure

Environmental exposure (chemicals, air pollution, secondhand smoke)

COPD Cause: History of Childhood Respiratory Infections

History of severe childhood respiratory infections

COPD symptoms

COPD Symptom: Chronic Coughing

Chronic coughing, sometimes called "smoker's cough"

COPD Symptom: Wheezing & Tightness in Chest

Wheezing and tightness in the chest when breathing

COPD Symptom: Shortness of Breath

Shortness of breath

COPD Symptom: Excess Production of Mucus

Excess production of mucus in the lungs

A Clinically Proven* COPD Treatment Option

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

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