Reduced lung function as a result of COPD can cause one or more of the following signs and symptoms:
Over time, most people living with COPD develop many of the signs and symptoms listed above.
People with COPD may also experience “flare-ups” or “exacerbations.” A COPD flare-up is a worsening over several days of your COPD symptoms like shortness of breath, coughing, mucus (sputum) production, wheezing, and chest tightness. Typically, oral steroids (like prednisone), antibiotics, and/or hospitalization may be needed to help your breathing. COPD flare-ups are often triggered by a bacterial infection or a virus. They can also be caused by pollutants or unknown factors. It’s important that you understand and recognize the signs and symptoms of a flare-up and call your doctor if you’re experiencing one.
Daily COPD management is important to help prevent future flare-ups before they start. No matter how many flare-ups you’ve experienced, it’s important to talk to your doctor about how you can manage them.
BREO is not a rescue medicine and should not be used to treat sudden symptoms of COPD.
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