Lifestyle changes can help
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There are many ways to help ease your breathing. First and foremost: if you’re taking a maintenance medication for COPD, such as STIOLTO RESPIMAT (tiotropium bromide and olodaterol), keep taking it every day as directed by your doctor. That includes the days you feel better.
Remember, while nothing can reverse COPD, STIOLTO can significantly improve lung function. So, make sure to take your STIOLTO at the same time everyday. For some ideas on how to help make STIOLTO part of your daily routine, download the Quick Tips now.
Would saving money help you stick with your prescription? You could pay as little as $0 with the STIOLTO RESPIMAT Savings Card.
In addition to taking your medicine, here are a few things you can do to help:
Get vaccinated. While COPD is not the same as the flu or pneumonia, getting vaccinated against other respiratory illnesses can help you avoid infections that make symptoms worse.
Avoid germs. For example, be careful about shaking hands with people with a cold or flu, and be sure to wash your hands.
Stay active. Some low-impact exercise, such as walking, stretching, and gentle strengthening exercises can help build endurance so you can enjoy activities longer.
Eat right. A balanced diet can help your body get the nutrients it needs to stay strong.
Get your family on board. Let them know what you’re going through, and ask them to help you stay on track with your medication and treatment.
Talk with your healthcare professional about breathing exercises or other techniques that may help.
Quitting is the first step
For most people, it takes several tries to quit smoking for good. But as many times as it takes, quitting is the only proven way to slow the progression of COPD. So don’t give up. You can do it.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist about ways to help quit. Your next try could very well be the successful one.
You should also know that STIOLTO has been proven to improve lung function in people who have smoked for over 10 pack-years (10 years at a pack a day). Still, it’s not a substitute for quitting.
STIOLTO is not for the relief of sudden symptoms of COPD. You should always carry a rescue inhaler with you.
Do all you can to improve your breathing. Ask your doctor how STIOLTO can help.