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Can medication cure COPD?

Stacy Wiegman, PharmD
Pharmacy Specialist

Below are a list of medications often used to treat symtoms of COPD:

  • Brovana: Brovana (arformoterol) cannot cure chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), but it can help relieve symptoms caused by COPD, such as wheezing, coughing and shortness of breath. COPD is a group of lung diseases that includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema in which airways may become constricted and rigid, filled with mucus and/or inflamed and thick so that air can't flow through them freely. Brovana relaxes airways to make breathing easier.
  • Tiotropium: Tiotropium (Spiriva HandiHaler) cannot cure chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). However, tiotropium can help you breathe more easily. It may take a few weeks to feel the benefits of tiotropium. Be sure to follow the product's directions, and don't stop using tiotropium once you feel better. COPD is a chronic (long-term) lung disease that needs daily treatment.
  • Arcapta Neohaler: If you have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), using Arcapta Neohaler (indacaterol) can help to control symptoms such as breathlessness and wheezing over the long term. It does this by helping the muscles around the lungs stay relaxed. Arcapta Neohaler doesn't relieve sudden symptoms of COPD and should not be used for that purpose.

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