Once-daily INCRUSE is a prescription medicine used long term to treat chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), including chronic bronchitis, emphysema, or both, for better breathing and fewer flare-ups. INCRUSE is not used to relieve sudden breathing problems and won't replace a rescue inhaler.
Living with COPD
Living with COPD can be challenging. Learning to avoid COPD triggers is also important to help manage your symptoms. Here are some tips:
There can be many COPD triggers at home, and considering you spend most of your time there, it’s important to learn what the triggers are and how best to avoid them.
- Keep your home smoke-free. Let your family and friends know so they can support you.
- Arrange your home so things that you use every day are easy to reach.
- Try to do something relaxing before bed and go to bed at the same time every night.
- Keep your windows closed and try to stay inside on days when outside air quality is poor.
- If you need to have some work done on your home, like painting or spraying for insects, plan to have it done when you’ll be away from home.
- Let your family know your home and car are smoke-free.
- If you’re outside and active, take breaks when you need to.
- Avoid smoke from grills, campfires, and fire pits.
- Instead of big meals, eat smaller meals throughout the day if possible. Feeling very full may make it harder to breathe.
If you suspect your symptoms are worse at work, talk with your doctor. Together, you can determine and then address the causes.
- Outdoor designated smoking areas should be clear of doorways and walking paths. Let your employer know if they’re not.
- If you’re entertaining clients, choose places that are smoke-free, and avoid other public places that allow smoking.
Remember that when you’re traveling, your COPD will need the same, if not more, attention you give it at home. New places can mean new triggers, so anything you can do to prepare will help.
Know your destination
- Check your destination for things like weather forecasts and pollution levels beforehand.
- Make sure your hotel has smoke-free rooms.
- If your travel is for work, try to find a hotel close by the office to avoid a long, stressful commute.
- If you plan to sightsee, research tours that offer transportation and don’t involve too much walking.
- Bring sanitizing wipes to clean the area around your seat and to use after visiting the restroom.
- Air inside planes can carry germs. When traveling during cold and flu season, bring a mask just in case.
Talk to your doctor about how physical activity can help you manage your COPD symptoms.
- If you ever feel winded or short of breath while exercising, stop immediately.
- Short walks or light activity may be good options.
- If the temperature outdoors is either very hot or very cold, try exercising indoors.
Tips and techniques to help your breathing
There’s a lot you’re probably already doing to help manage your COPD symptoms, like exercising regularly, getting plenty of rest, eating well, staying on treatment, having a positive mind-set, and living an overall healthier lifestyle. This simple breathing exercise may also help.
The Pursed-Lip Breathing Technique
You can do this technique in just a few steps:
Breathe in slowly through your nose. It can be a normal breath or a deep one–whatever is comfortable for you.
2. The pursed-lip
Purse your lips together as if you’re blowing a kiss or putting out a candle.
Gently breathe out through your pursed lips. Nice and slowly.