Breathing medications (also called drugs) open your breathing passages. By making your breathing passages larger, air can get in and out more easily. As COPD is a chronic condition, most breathing medications need to be taken daily, for life. Understanding medications, how they work, how often they should be taken and what kind of problems (side-effects) you may experience will help you control your breathing with the least amount of discomfort. Below you will find frequently asked questions and answers about breathing medications.
- What Is the Difference Between a Medication's Brand and a Generic Name?
- What Are Maintenance and Reliever Medications?
- What Is the Difference Between Inhalers and Pills?
- What Is a Metered-Dose Inhaler (MDI)?
- What Are Dry-Powdered Inhalers (DPIs)?
- What Are Breath-Actuated Inhalers?
- What Is a Nebulizer or JET Inhaler?