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Top 3 COPD Inhalers

If you've been diagnosed with COPD, your doctor may have recommended that you use an inhaler to help control the symptoms of COPD. There are several inhalers designed to help treat COPD on the market, but a few stand out as the top COPD inhalers available. The top three are Stiolto, Spiriva and Advair, all of which are long-acting inhalers to be used once or twice daily, as prescribed, in order to control COPD symptoms. If your doctor has recommended a long-acting inhaler as part of your treatment plan, keep reading to learn more about the top three, so you can discuss your options with your doctor to determine which one may be right for you. 

Stiolto

is a combination of two medications (tiotropium bromide and olodaterol) designed to relax and open the airways, to help making breathing easier. Stiolto is taken once daily and is a steroid-free option for people being treated for COPD. A slow-moving mist system makes Stiolto easier to breathe in correctly, so the proper dosage is always administered, and the medication takes only five minutes to start working and lasts all day long. For many patients, Stiolto works better than other COPD inhalers, including Spiriva. While Stiolto is a great inhaler for COPD maintenance, this medication is not designed to be a rescue inhaler and should not be used to treat sudden breathing problems. 

Like Stiolto, Spiriva (tiotropium bromide) is a once-per-day medication used to help manage COPD symptoms. Spiriva is made by the same company that makes Stiolto, and Spiriva uses the same slow-mist system as Stiolto. However, Spiriva only uses one medication, rather than two. Spiriva works by relaxing the airways, making breathing easier. However, Spiriva is not a rescue inhaler and should never be used to treat sudden breathing problems. Spiriva is used by inhaling two puffs per day, and the effects of the medication will last all day long. 

Advair Diskus 250/50 is another great option for people with COPD, and uses two different medications (fluticasone propionate and salmeterol) to help control the symptoms of COPD. The medications used in Advair Diskus are an anti-inflammatory and a long-acting bronchodilator, which work together to help improve lung function. Unlike some other COPD inhalers, Advair Diskus has been shown to help reduce COPD flare-ups when used properly. This medication is used twice per day for long-acting COPD symptom control, but should never be used as a rescue inhaler to treat sudden breathing problems. 

Not sure which COPD medication is best for you? Take the quiz below to find out before talking to your doctor! 

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