What Exactly is COPD?
COPD is short for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. It is a chronic lung disease that includes emphysema, chronic bronchitis, or both, that can cause the flow of air in and out of your lungs to decrease, making it harder to breathe. COPD affects millions of Americans and is the third-leading cause of disease-related death in the US. While that may sound scary, it can be good to know you’re not alone on your COPD journey. It’s also helpful to know that, by working with your doctor, COPD can be managed.
Then What Are COPD Flare-Ups and Why Are They So Bad?
Technically, a COPD flare-up is a sudden worsening of your COPD symptoms that result in additional treatment. COPD flare-ups are also known as exacerbations. If your COPD symptoms have gotten so bad you’ve had to get extra medical attention—such as being prescribed steroids or antibiotics—you’ve probably experienced a moderate COPD flare-up. If you’ve had to seek emergency care or have been hospitalized because of your COPD, you’ve probably experienced a severe COPD flare-up. This is important to know because COPD flare-ups may cause permanent lung damage, but knowing the signs and symptoms could allow you to identify them—and then help prevent them.
Some of the signs of a moderate or severe COPD flare-up are:
Having respiratory infections frequently
Having symptoms that need treatment with oral corticosteroids and/or antibiotics
Needing emergency care for your COPD symptoms
Another step you could take is asking your doctor for BREZTRI to help get protection against COPD flare-ups.
Talk to Your Doctor Today.
Talk to Your Doctor Today.
You’ve learned that COPD flare-ups may cause permanent lung damage. Now, take the next steps toward protection against flare-ups. Talk to your doctor about BREZTRI, which can improve your COPD symptoms and help you breathe better*. It’s also the first and only COPD medicine proven to reduce COPD flare-ups by 52%†.
*Results may vary
†In a lung function study in patients with moderate to very severe COPD, with a majority having no flare-ups in the last 12 months. Flare-ups were reduced by 52% vs a dual bronchodilator—the combination of two medicines, an anticholinergic known as a long-acting muscarinic antagonist (LAMA) and a long-acting beta2-adrenergic agonist (LABA).
Start the Conversation about COPD Flare-Ups
Learning how to talk to your doctor about COPD flare-ups may help you and your doctor manage them.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the approved use for BREZTRI?
BREZTRI is a prescription medicine used long term to treat chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). COPD is a chronic lung disease...
What are COPD flare-ups?
A COPD flare-up—also known as an exacerbation—is a sudden worsening of your COPD symptoms that result in additional treatment. If your...
Are there savings offers for BREZTRI?
Yes. You may be eligible to pay as little as $0 on your prescription for BREZTRI for up to one year with BREZTRI Zero Pay. To find out if you qualify for...
How do I store my BREZTRI inhaler?
Store BREZTRI at room temperature between 68°F and 77°F (20°C and 25°C). Keep in a dry place away from heat and sunlight. Store BREZTRI in...
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BREZTRI AEROSPHERE is a medicine used long term to treat chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), including chronic bronchitis, emphysema, or both, for better breathing and fewer flare-ups.
BREZTRI is not used to relieve sudden breathing problems and will not replace a rescue inhaler. BREZTRI is not for the treatment of asthma.