Smoking is a common cause of COPD
COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), emphysema, and chronic bronchitis can make it hard to breathe
COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), emphysema, and chronic bronchitis can make it hard to breathe
Understanding COPD

What is COPD (Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)?

COPD is a disease that makes it hard to breathe. It's the result of lung irritants that have caused permanent damage to the lungs. COPD includes two conditions1:

  • Emphysema
  • Chronic bronchitis
  • Or both of these conditions

Smoking is the most common cause of COPD. Some other causes of COPD include2:

  • Secondhand smoke
  • Air pollution
  • Chemical fumes

There is no cure for COPD. There are, however, rescue medicines that can help patients breathe better.

People with COPD have symptoms that include:

  • Having a hard time catching their breath
  • Chest tightness
  • Wheezing (a whistling sound when they breathe)
  • Chronic cough that may produce a lot of mucus (smoker's cough)3

Look at our COPD Symptoms Checklist to see if you or someone you know may have symptoms of COPD.

Emphysema: Damage in the lungs

Emphysema is one type of COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease).

Emphysema means that the tiny air sacs in the lungs have been damaged. This damage doesn't happen overnight1:

  • Over time, exposure to irritants, most commonly smoke, damages the tiny air sacs—called alveoli—which you need to breathe
  • The walls of these sacs lose their flexibility, and may even break down entirely. Because the sacs can't stretch, they can't push air out. The end result is that the body doesn't get the oxygen it needs.
  • This may make a person with emphysema feel "out of breath" even after mild activity, like walking

Chronic bronchitis: Narrowing of the airways in the lungs

Chronic bronchitis is another type of COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease). When a person has chronic bronchitis1:

  • The airways in the lungs become inflamed, causing them to thicken or swell. The muscles around the airways also tighten up, making the airways even smaller.
  • Less air is able to flow through the airways
  • Daily coughing often occurs because the airways produce a lot of mucus. Coughing is how the body gets rid of mucus.

Symptoms of COPD can be treated

The changes to the airways that occur with COPD may lead to reversible bronchospasm that can be temporarily treated with a rescue inhaler medicine, like ProAir® RespiClick (albuterol sulfate) Inhalation Powder. The ProAir® RespiClick rescue inhaler features:

  • A single CLICK that prepares each dose
  • No need for hand-breath coordination during inhalation. You inhale the medicine when you are ready.

See all the features of the ProAir®  RespiClick rescue inhaler.

APPROVED USES

ProAir® RespiClick (albuterol sulfate) Inhalation Powder is indicated in patients 12 years of age and older for the treatment or prevention of bronchospasm with reversible obstructive airway disease and for the prevention of exercise-induced bronchospasm.

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION

  • Do not use ProAir® RespiClick (albuterol sulfate) Inhalation Powder if you are allergic to albuterol sulfate, lactose, or milk proteins. Call your doctor right away if you develop red, itchy bumps on your skin, swelling beneath your skin or in your throat, rash or worsening trouble breathing
  • If your symptoms become significantly worse when you use ProAir® RespiClick, seek medical attention immediately. This may indicate either a worsening of your asthma or a reaction to the medication. Either of these could be life-threatening
  • Do not increase your dose or take extra doses of ProAir® RespiClick without first talking to your healthcare professional
  • Before using ProAir® RespiClick, be sure to tell your healthcare professional if you have a heart, blood, thyroid or seizure disorder, high blood pressure, diabetes, are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding or planning to breastfeed
  • ProAir® RespiClick can cause significant heart-related side effects, such as an increase in pulse, blood pressure and/or related symptoms. If you have a heart condition, your healthcare professional will determine if ProAir® RespiClick is right for you
  • Make sure your healthcare professional knows all the medicines you are taking — especially other inhaled medicines, other asthma medicines, heart and blood pressure medicines and drugs that treat depression — because some medicines may interfere with how well your asthma medicines work
  • Common side effects in patients taking ProAir® RespiClick include back pain, body aches and pains, upset stomach, sinus headache, and urinary tract infection

SEE FULL PRESCRIBING INFORMATION

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch, or call 1-800-FDA-1088

References:
  1. What Is COPD?. NHLBI, NIH. Available at: http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/copd. Accessed January 14, 2015.
  2. What Causes COPD?. NHLBI, NIH. Available at: http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/copd/causes. Accessed January 14, 2015.
  3. What Are The Signs And Symptoms Of COPD?. NHLBI, NIH. Available at: http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/copd/signs. Accessed January 14, 2015.

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IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION

  • Do not use ProAir® RespiClick (albuterol sulfate) Inhalation Powder if you are allergic to albuterol sulfate, lactose, or milk proteins. Call your doctor right away if you develop red, itchy bumps on your skin, swelling beneath your skin or in your throat, rash or worsening trouble breathing
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ProAir® RespiClick (albuterol sulfate) Inhalation Powder is indicated in patients 12 years of age and older for the treatment or prevention of bronchospasm with reversible obstructive airway disease and for the prevention of exercise-induced bronchospasm.

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION

  • Do not use ProAir® RespiClick (albuterol sulfate) Inhalation Powder if you are allergic to albuterol sulfate, lactose, or milk proteins. Call your doctor right away if you develop red, itchy bumps on your skin, swelling beneath your skin or in your throat, rash or worsening trouble breathing
  • If your symptoms become significantly worse when you use ProAir® RespiClick, seek medical attention immediately. This may indicate either a worsening of your asthma or a reaction to the medication. Either of these could be life-threatening
  • Do not increase your dose or take extra doses of ProAir® RespiClick without first talking to your healthcare professional
  • Before using ProAir® RespiClick, be sure to tell your healthcare professional if you have a heart, blood, thyroid or seizure disorder, high blood pressure, diabetes, are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding or planning to breastfeed
  • ProAir® RespiClick can cause significant heart-related side effects, such as an increase in pulse, blood pressure and/or related symptoms. If you have a heart condition, your healthcare professional will determine if ProAir® RespiClick is right for you
  • Make sure your healthcare professional knows all the medicines you are taking — especially other inhaled medicines, other asthma medicines, heart and blood pressure medicines and drugs that treat depression — because some medicines may interfere with how well your asthma medicines work
  • Common side effects in patients taking ProAir® RespiClick include back pain, body aches and pains, upset stomach, sinus headache, and urinary tract infection

SEE FULL PRESCRIBING INFORMATION

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch, or call 1-800-FDA-1088