Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is the third leading cause of death in the United States.
Conventional COPD treatments:
- Inhaled therapy
- Inhaled bronchodilator therapy: metered-dose inhalers and spacers, dry powder inhalers, or wet nebulizers
- Inhaler technique should be assessed to ensure that a patient is able to use a device effectively.
- The combination of a long-acting anticholinergic with an as-needed short-acting beta-agonist is a standard initial approach.
- For many patients with advanced COPD, the addition of a combination inhaler containing a long-acting beta-agonist and an inhaled corticosteroid to a long-acting anticholinergic agent provides benefit in terms of symptom management and quality of life.