What is COPD?

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a lung disease that causes difficulty breathing. Symptoms include coughing, fatigue, shortness of breath and wheezing.

Treatment for COPD includes surgery and taking medication. Common drug classes used to treat COPD are beta agonist / corticosteroid combinations, beta agonists, beta-2 agonist / anticholinergic combinations, methylxanthines, mucolytics, PDE4 inhibitors, and methylxanthine / expectorant combinations.

Savings Tips for COPD

  • New Treatment Option for COPD: Striverdi Respimat

    August 05, 2014

    Striverdi Respimat (olodaterol) is indicated for the long-term treatment of patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), including chronic bronchitis and/or emphysema, who are experiencing airflow obstruction.

    What is COPD?

    COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) affects the airways within the lungs, making it harder to breathe, and can get worse as time goes on. There are two forms of COPD: chronic bronchitis and emphysema. See More

  • Albuterol vs Levalbuterol HFA Inhalers: What’s the Difference?

    July 21, 2014

    Albuterol and levalbuterol can be confusing right off the bat due to the sound-alike active ingredient names. Both are available as various brand name inhalers, though there are no generic albuterol or levalbuterol HFA inhalers at the moment. Both types of inhaler treat asthma and in some cases COPD, but they have different strengths and side effects and can vary in price.

    Are albuterol and levalbuterol considered rescue or maintenance inhalers?

    Both albuterol and levalbuterol are rescue inhalers. See More

  • Dry Powder Inhalers: Which One is Best for You?

    June 17, 2014

    Half of patients with asthma or COPD aren’t using their inhalers properly. Inhaler mishandling has dire consequences—but inhalers are getting much better. With new ones hitting the market every month, you need to get to know them.

    Does it matter if your inhaler is a Diskus, Turbohaler or Ellipta? These are all dry powder inhalers (DPIs) and they all use a dry powder formulation of an active drug. They are different than the classic metered dose inhalers like Proventil HFA or Proair HFASee More

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Popular COPD Drugs

Popularity Drug Name Drug Class Price
Advair Diskus Beta Agonist / Corticosteroid Combinations 308 See Prices
Ventolin HFA Short-Acting Beta Agonists 51 See Prices
Proair HFA Short-Acting Beta Agonists 56 See Prices
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Note: Popularity is based on total prescriptions for the brand and generic versions of each drug, regardless of the condition being treated. Some drugs are prescribed for multiple conditions.

COPD Drug Classes

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