When it comes to managing COPD, not everyone is the same. Different people may do better with different options, including maintenance treatment Long-acting medicine taken every day that works over time to help control symptoms.. That’s why it’s important to work with your doctor to find a treatment that’s right for you.
Is a rescue inhaler enough for me?
"My doctor has prescribed a maintenance medicine for my COPD, but the only one I really need is my rescue inhaler.”
It’s important to take all of the COPD medicines as your doctor has prescribed for you.
Remember, rescue medicines Short-acting medicine that is meant to relieve sudden symptoms. only relieve sudden symptoms. Using your rescue inhaler more than your doctor recommends may increase the risk of side effects, some of which can be serious.
Maintenance medicines Long-acting medicine taken every day that works over time to help control symptoms. work differently. You take them every day, and they work over time to control symptoms. You may still need to use a rescue medicine if you’re taking a maintenance medicine.
“I’ve heard of nebulized maintenance medicine, but that isn’t for me. Nebulized daily treatment is only for severe cases of COPD.”
Maintenance medicine Long-acting medicine taken every day that works over time to help control symptoms. (taken every day to control symptoms), some of which may be delivered through a nebulizer, may be an option for many people with COPD.
Speak with your doctor to see if nebulized maintenance medicine may be an appropriate option for you. There are a variety of nebulizers now available, including some that are small and easy to take with you on the go. And, while many nebulizers are affordable, the cost of most nebulizers is completely covered by Medicare Part B.*
*Medicare Part B covers most nebulizers as durable medical equipment (DME) for patient use at home.