How can I help manage my COPD?

Lifestyle changes may help improve your COPD symptoms.

Manage COPD - Stop Smoking

Quit smoking
Quitting smoking is the most important thing you can do to help prevent your COPD from getting worse. Ask your doctor for resources that can help.

Manage COPD - Breathing Exercises

Practice breathing
Specific types of breathing exercises can be an important addition to your COPD treatment plan. See two simple exercises you can do right now.

Manage COPD - Diet

Eat healthy
If you’re overweight, losing weight can make it easier to breathe. Talk to your doctor before starting any nutrition program.

Manage COPD - Inhaler

Carry your inhaler
Keep your rescue medicine with you for COPD flare-ups. If you don’t have a rescue inhaler, ask your doctor to prescribe one. Avoid COPD symptom triggers like dust or smoke, and stay inside when outdoor air quality is poor.

Manage COPD - Exercises

Stay active
Get moving! Getting active now is essential if you want to stay active in the long term. Exercise may help improve the muscles you use to breathe as well as your overall strength. Consult your doctor before starting any exercise program.

Manage COPD - Keep It Simple

Keep it simple
COPD can make you tired. Give yourself extra time to do things. Make your chores a little easier: keep the things you use often in easy reach, and wear clothes that are easy to put on and take off.

Go to Helpful Resources for links to COPD foundations and advocacy organizations that may help you live better with COPD.

COPD=chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

COPD Breathing Exercises


Pursed lip breathing:

  1. Breathe in slowly through your nose, counting as you inhale as much air as you can.
  2. Breathe out through pursed (puckered) lips. Try to make the out breath last twice as long.

Belly breathing:

  1. Relax your head and neck.
  2. Breathe in through your nose and count.
  3. Feel your belly rising and falling.
  4. Breathe out through your mouth, and try to make it last two to three times as long as your inhale.

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LONHALA MAGNAIR does not relieve the sudden symptoms of COPD. Always have a rescue inhaler with you to treat sudden symptoms.

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