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

  • 10 Common Side Effects of Combination Inhalers

    August 03, 2017

    Combination inhalers prescribed for asthma, smoking lung disease (COPD), or persistent cough after an upper respiratory infection are some of the top selling drugs in the United States. Several steroid + long acting bronchodilator combinations are currently available: the older Advair and Symbicort and the newer Dulera and Breo Ellipta.

    While Advair and Symbicort are recommended for treatment of both moderate persistent asthma and COPD, Breo has been introduced with the indication for COPD treatment only. See More

  • Recall: COPD Inhaler Combivent Respimat

    August 04, 2015

    Manufacturer Boehringer Ingelheim has issued a voluntary recall of one lot of Combivent Respimat, a popular COPD inhaler. Combivent Respimat is a maintenance inhaler used to help keep airways open to make breathing easier for patients with COPD. It’s made up of a combination of two active ingredients, ipratropium and albuterol.

    This is a class II recall, the most common type of recall, which means that there is a situation where use of the recalled medication may cause temporary or medically reversible adverse health consequences, but the likelihood of serious adverse effects is small. See More

  • New COPD Inhaler Stiolto Respimat Now Approved

    June 12, 2015

    Stiolto Respimat (tiotropium bromide/olodaterol) has just been approved by the FDA for the maintenance treatment of COPD, and should be available in pharmacies soon.

    How does Stiolto Respimat work?
    Stiolto Respimat is a combination of Spiriva Respimat and Striverdi Respimat, with the same two active ingredients.

    Tiotropium bromide (Spiriva Respimat) is an anticholinergic, which relaxes the airways and helps keep them open. See More

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Popular COPD Drugs

Popularity Drug Name Drug Class Price
Short-Acting Beta Agonists 58 See Prices
Short-Acting Beta Agonists 53 See Prices
Short-Acting Beta Agonists 10 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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