Once-daily INCRUSE is a prescription medicine used long term to treat chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) for better breathing.
How does COPD affect your breathing?
COPD is a condition that makes it hard to breathe and worsens over time. Cigarette smoking is the most common cause of COPD. Long-term exposure to other lung irritants—such as air pollution or chemical fumes—may also contribute to COPD.
COPD disrupts the airflow in and out of your lungs and reduces your lung function. COPD may include one or both of these conditions:
- Chronic bronchitis, which is increased cough and mucus production caused by inflammation of the airways. Bronchitis is considered chronic (or long-term) if a person coughs and produces excess mucus most days for several months during 2 years in a row.
- Emphysema, which is a disease that damages the air sacs and may damage the small airways in the lungs.
Symptoms of COPD may include wheezing, cough, chest tightness, and shortness of breath. Over time, most people with COPD develop many of these symptoms. COPD is a chronic disease, and although your symptoms may vary from day to day, it’s important to take your medicine as prescribed.