Living With COPD

Using Inhalers to Manage COPD

There are many things you can do to help manage your COPD symptoms. There is no cure for COPD, but several medications and inhalers are available to treat COPD. Talk with your doctor to determine which COPD medication or combination of medications is right for you.

Rescue Inhalers

When to Use
Use as needed or whenever you feel it's hard to breathe

What They Do
Quickly relieve COPD symptoms by relaxing muscles that tighten your airways

Maintenance Inhalers

When to Use
Take every day, even if you’re breathing better, to help prevent some COPD symptoms

What They Do
Help keep airways open over a longer period of time

Patient holding DUAKLIR PRESSAIR Inhaler

Duaklir® Pressair® is a maintenance inhaler. Maintenance inhalers, like DUAKLIR, may reduce your need for rescue inhalers, but does not replace them. You will always need both kinds of inhalers.

There's More You Can Do

In addition to taking medication, there are many lifestyle choices you can make to help manage your COPD.

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Quit Smoking

Quit Smoking

Quitting can be hard, but it’s the most important step you can take.

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Eat Healthy

Eat Healthy

COPD symptoms may cut your appetite or make it uncomfortable to eat. But not getting enough essential nutrients may make your symptoms worse. Talk to your doctor about your diet and nutrition.

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Avoid Lung Irritants

Avoid Lung Irritants

It’s important to try to avoid secondhand smoke, dust, and exhaust fumes to help control your COPD symptoms.

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Stay Active

Stay Active

Exercise itself cannot reverse COPD, however, mild to moderate exercise can change the way you feel, breathe, and function. At first, your exercise routine should be slow and easy. Exercise when done correctly and safely under the advice of your doctor can be one of the best things you do to feel less short of breath.

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Resources and Support

COPD-Support
Provides a variety of programs where patients and caregivers can connect with others, sharing ideas and experiences.

COPD Foundation
The COPD Foundation was established to undertake initiatives that result in expanded services for COPD and to improve the lives of individuals affected by COPD through research, education, and advocacy.

American Lung Association
The American Lung Association is a voluntary health organization whose mission is to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease through education, advocacy, and research.

Better Breathers Club
Find a support group in your area to connect with others living with COPD and learn from educational presentations and discussions.

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Resources and Support

Indications and Usage

DUAKLIR PRESSAIR is a prescription medicine to treat chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). COPD is a long-term (chronic) lung disease that includes chronic bronchitis, emphysema or both.

DUAKLIR is not for the treatment of asthma.

DUAKLIR is not a rescue medicine and should not be used for treating sudden breathing problems.

Always have a rescue inhaler with you to treat sudden breathing problems. Get emergency medical care if your breathing problems worsen quickly or you use your rescue inhaler, but it does not relieve your breathing problems.

Important Safety Information

WHO SHOULD NOT USE DUAKLIR PRESSAIR?

  • Do not use DUAKLIR PRESSAIR if you have asthma without also using a medicine called an inhaled corticosteroid.
  • Do not use DUAKLIR PRESSAIR if you have a severe allergy to milk proteins, or are allergic to aclidinium bromide, formoterol fumarate or any of the ingredients in DUAKLIR PRESSAIR. Ask your healthcare provider if you are not sure.

WHAT SHOULD I TELL MY HEALTHCARE PROVIDER BEFORE USING DUAKLIR PRESSAIR?

  • Tell your health care provider about all your medical conditions, including heart problems, high blood pressure, seizures, thyroid problems, diabetes, eye problems (especially glaucoma), prostate or bladder problems or problems passing urine, are pregnant or plan to become pregnant, or are breast feeding or plan to breast feed.
  • Tell your health care provider about all medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, herbal supplements and eyedrops. DUAKLIR PRESSAIR and certain other medicines may interact with each other and may cause serious side effects. Especially tell your health care provider if you take anticholinergics, other LABA (long-acting beta2-adrenergic agonist) medicines, xanthine derivatives, steroids, diuretics, monoamine oxidase inhibitors, tricyclic antidepressants, beta-blockers or atropine.
  • Use DUAKLIR PRESSAIR exactly as prescribed. Do not use DUAKLIR more often than prescribed or take more medicine than prescribed for you.

WHAT ARE THE POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECT OF DUAKLIR PRESSAIR?

  • Using too much of a LABA medicine may cause chest pain, increased blood pressure, fast and irregular heartbeat, headache, tremor, or nervousness.
  • Sudden breathing problems may occur immediately after use of DUAKLIR PRESSAIR and may be life threatening. If you have sudden breathing problems immediately after inhaling DUAKLIR PRESSAIR, stop using DUAKLIR PRESSAIR and call your healthcare provider right away or go to the nearest hospital emergency room.
  • Call your doctor or get emergency medical care if you have any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction including rash, swelling of the face and tongue, hives, or breathing problems.
  • You may experience high blood sugar (hyperglycemia) or low blood potassium (hypokalemia). Low blood potassium may cause muscle spasms, muscle weakness, or abnormal heart rhythm.
  • These are not all the possible side effects of DUAKLIR PRESSAIR. Please see full Prescribing Information.

You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or www.fda.gov/medwatch.

WHO SHOULD NOT USE DUAKLIR PRESSAIR?

  • Do not use DUAKLIR PRESSAIR if you have asthma without also using a medicine called an inhaled corticosteroid

WHO SHOULD NOT USE DUAKLIR PRESSAIR?

  • Do not use DUAKLIR PRESSAIR if you have asthma without also using a

Indications and Usage

DUAKLIR PRESSAIR is a prescription medicine to treat chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). COPD is a long-term (chronic) lung disease that includes chronic bronchitis, emphysema or both.

DUAKLIR is not for the treatment of asthma.

DUAKLIR is not a rescue medicine and should not be used for treating sudden breathing problems.

Always have a rescue inhaler with you to treat sudden breathing problems. Get emergency medical care if your breathing problems worsen quickly or you use your rescue inhaler, but it does not relieve your breathing problems.

Important Safety Information

WHO SHOULD NOT USE DUAKLIR PRESSAIR?

  • Do not use DUAKLIR PRESSAIR if you have asthma without also using a medicine called an inhaled corticosteroid.
  • Do not use DUAKLIR PRESSAIR if you have a severe allergy to milk proteins, or are allergic to aclidinium bromide, formoterol fumarate or any of the ingredients in DUAKLIR PRESSAIR. Ask your healthcare provider if you are not sure.

WHAT SHOULD I TELL MY HEALTHCARE PROVIDER BEFORE USING DUAKLIR PRESSAIR?

  • Tell your health care provider about all your medical conditions, including heart problems, high blood pressure, seizures, thyroid problems, diabetes, eye problems (especially glaucoma), prostate or bladder problems or problems passing urine, are pregnant or plan to become pregnant, or are breast feeding or plan to breast feed.
  • Tell your health care provider about all medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, herbal supplements and eyedrops. DUAKLIR PRESSAIR and certain other medicines may interact with each other and may cause serious side effects. Especially tell your health care provider if you take anticholinergics, other LABA (long-acting beta2-adrenergic agonist) medicines, xanthine derivatives, steroids, diuretics, monoamine oxidase inhibitors, tricyclic antidepressants, beta-blockers or atropine.
  • Use DUAKLIR PRESSAIR exactly as prescribed. Do not use DUAKLIR more often than prescribed or take more medicine than prescribed for you.

WHAT ARE THE POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECT OF DUAKLIR PRESSAIR?

  • Using too much of a LABA medicine may cause chest pain, increased blood pressure, fast and irregular heartbeat, headache, tremor, or nervousness.
  • Sudden breathing problems may occur immediately after use of DUAKLIR PRESSAIR and may be life threatening. If you have sudden breathing problems immediately after inhaling DUAKLIR PRESSAIR, stop using DUAKLIR PRESSAIR and call your healthcare provider right away or go to the nearest hospital emergency room.
  • Call your doctor or get emergency medical care if you have any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction including rash, swelling of the face and tongue, hives, or breathing problems.
  • You may experience high blood sugar (hyperglycemia) or low blood potassium (hypokalemia). Low blood potassium may cause muscle spasms, muscle weakness, or abnormal heart rhythm.
  • These are not all the possible side effects of DUAKLIR PRESSAIR. Please see full Prescribing Information.

You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or www.fda.gov/medwatch.