What are some COPD
treatment options?

What are some COPD
treatment options?

Bronchodilators for COPD

Some COPD Treatment Options

Although COPD is a serious and progressive disease, the medicines mentioned below—including bronchodilators—may help manage its symptoms.

Bronchodilators are a type of medicine that help open the airways to make it easier to breathe.

A beta-agonist is one type of bronchodilator that works by relaxing tightened muscles around the airways. Beta-agonists may be long-acting or short-acting.

  • 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.

*BROVANA is not a rescue inhaler and does not relieve sudden symptoms of COPD.

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.

A long-term maintenance medicine may help control your COPD symptoms.
Talk to your doctor about your COPD treatment plan.

What devices are available for COPD treatments?

Most treatments for COPD are inhaled, either through a nebulizer system or a handheld inhaler.


Nebulizers for COPD Treatment

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 for COPD.


Inhalers for COPD Treatment

Inhaled COPD medications may also be available as compact and portable devices. They come in a variety of different forms, including metered-dose inhalers, dry powder inhalers, and soft-mist inhalers. Some inhalers are breath activated, requiring you to inhale deeply and forcefully. Other inhalers require device actuation, in which you activate the device and breathe in deeply and slowly.

BROVANA is inhaled through a nebulizer system. Go to How to Use BROVANA to learn more.

A Clinically Proven* COPD Treatment Option

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

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

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