COPD Treatment and Medication Questions

Use this list to help prepare questions for the provider about COPD treatment. This will help you make the most of the appointment.

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  • Write down questions a few days in advance to make sure all concerns are included.

  • Do not limit yourself to these questions; ask others as you think of them.

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If your loved one has been diagnosed with chronic pulmonary obstructive disease (COPD), you both will likely have a lot of questions. Your first resource should be the healthcare team, as they can help navigate any confusion or uncertainty. Asking the most relevant questions will help you know what to anticipate and how to take action.

Use this list to help prepare questions for the provider ahead of time. This will help you make the most of your loved one's next appointment.

Treatment and medication

  • Ask about treatment options, especially if what's already prescribed doesn't seem to be working as well as it used to.

  • Is pulmonary rehabilitation recommended?

    • See the Pulmonary Rehabilitation benefit for more information.

  • Ask if oxygen therapy will help, and if so, what form and how often?

  • How do I set up a nutrition plan for my loved one?

  • Are there changes in diet that will help COPD?

  • Is my loved one taking the best meds for COPD?

  • There are many different kinds of medications available, so confirm. This may change over time, so it’s prudent to ask this question regularly.

  • What should we do if a day or a dose of medication is missed?

  • Which medicines should be taken when my loved one is short of breath? Is it OK to use these drugs every day? 

  • What are the side effects of the medicines? For what side effects should I call the provider?

  • How do I know my loved one is correctly using the inhaler?

  • The provider or nurse should offer a demonstration, ask your loved one to return demonstrate and offer suggestions for corrections.

  • Ask if a spacer may be helpful.

  • How will we know when the inhalers are low?

  • When should a nebulizer be used and when should an inhaler be used? 

  • Do I need a rescue pack for symptom flare, and what should be included?

No content in this app, regardless of date, should ever be used as a substitute for direct medical advice from your doctor or other qualified clinician.

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