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 Albuterol Inhaler Approved: ProAir Respiclick

    March 31, 2015

    Many of you may be familiar with ProAir HFA, one of three brand-only albuterol inhalers currently available. Now, the FDA has tentatively approved a new dry powder inhaler from TEVA pharmaceuticals that will be known as the ProAir Respiclick.

    When the pharmaceutical company first filed their new drug application (NDA) for the medication, in July of 2014, it was going to be called ProAir Spiromax, but the name has since changed. See More

  • What Are Ellipta Inhalers, and Are They Better for COPD?

    March 13, 2015

    Breo Ellipta (fluticasone furoate and vilanterol), an inhalation powder used for the treatment of COPD, was the first Ellipta inhaler to become available back in 2013. Over the past two years or so, several more Ellipta options have entered the market.

    Ellipta medications tend to be a bit more expensive, but some people prefer them to more traditional types of inhalers.

    So, what is unique about the Ellipta device?

    The Ellipta from GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) is their new platform inhalation device. See More

  • New Spiriva Inhaler Now Available

    March 12, 2015

    Spiriva (tiotropium bromide) is now available as a Respimat inhaler in addition to the original Handihaler formulation.

    Although this may come as a surprise—why would we need a new version of Spiriva?—it is not the first time we have seen something like this from the pharmaceutical manufacturer Boehringer Ingelheim. For example, before the original Combivent (ipratropium bromide and albuterol) inhaler was discontinued, it was also available in two formulations: the new Respimat and the original aerosol inhaler. See More

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Popular COPD Drugs

Popularity Drug Name Drug Class Price
Proair HFA Short-Acting Beta Agonists 58 See Prices
Advair Diskus Beta Agonist / Corticosteroid Combinations 312 See Prices
Ventolin HFA Short-Acting Beta Agonists 53 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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