Signs, Symptoms, and Daily Life
What are the symptoms of COPD?
COPD makes it hard to catch your breath. Some symptoms you may be feeling are:
- Shortness or shallowness of breath
- An ongoing “smoker’s cough” that produces mucus
- Chest tightness
- Wheezing or whistling when you breathe
Taking a maintenance therapy every day can help control these symptoms, and reduce your rescue inhaler use. But if you’ve been relying on your rescue inhaler, your symptoms might not be under control. But there’s hope. Maintenance treatments, like STIOLTO RESPIMAT (tiotropium bromide and olodaterol) can help control your COPD symptoms. Don’t wait for these symptoms to continue or get worse. Make an appointment and talk with your doctor about the benefits of a maintenance treatment.
How common is COPD?
About 15 million people in the United States have been diagnosed with COPD. And as many as 12 million more may have it, but haven’t been diagnosed yet. That’s a lot of people. Some may be experiencing the symptoms and don’t even know it.
The problem is, COPD is a chronic, progressive disease, meaning that it gets worse over time. It’s not a “normal part of aging,” and it doesn’t fix itself. That's why it is so important to talk to your doctor about the maintenance therapy as soon as possible.
How is COPD different from other conditions?
COPD symptoms can seem like other conditions that make breathing difficult. This can include the common cold, flu, respiratory infection, and even pneumonia. The thing is, unlike “acute” (short-lasting) conditions, COPD doesn’t go away after a few days or weeks. Symptoms can also seem similar to those of asthma, but COPD and asthma are two different diseases.
What do I do now?
If you're having breathing problems, or feel like your symptoms aren't under control, it's important not to wait to talk with your doctor. Only your doctor can diagnose COPD and prescribe the right therapies and medications to help you keep it under control.
If you’re a smoker and you’ve tried a number of times to quit, keep trying! Stopping smoking can help slow the progression of COPD. Talk to your doctor about what you’ve tried already, and see if another approach might work best for you.
Having trouble catching your breath? It’s time to catch up with your doctor and ask about STIOLTO.