COPD

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

  • 40+ Brand-Name Drugs Dropped By Insurance in 2015

    August 20, 2014

    For many Americans with health insurance, more than 40 popular brand-name drugs may no longer be covered starting in January 2015. Express Scripts and Caremark, companies that handle pharmacy benefits for more than 200 million Americans, are removing over 40 drugs from their formularies at the end of 2014. This is in addition to the more than 50 drugs removed last year.

    What are Express Scripts and Caremark?

    Express Scripts and Caremark are companies that administer prescription drug benefits for many health insurance companies and Tricare. See More

  • 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

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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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