Inhaler Quiz
Health Tool

2/3 of patients do not use their inhalers correctly. Incorrect usage of inhalers can be a significant problem for COPD patients. Assess your inhaler.

COPD is a chronic condition that will likely get worse over time. COPD can also put you at higher risk for other health problems.

Knowing the risks can help you and your doctor identify and respond to these conditions:

  • frequent chest infections (such as pneumonia and the flu)
  • higher-than-usual blood pressure in the arteries of the lungs (also called "pulmonary hypertension")
  • heart problems
  • eye problems (such as glaucoma and cataracts)
  • thinning of the bones
  • losing body mass and muscles, loss of appetite, feeling nauseous and weak
  • muscle weakness
  • malnutrition: not absorbing nutrients from food, not eating enough
  • lung cancer

Your COPD Action PlanTM

Your doctor can help you fill out your COPD Action PlanTM. This can help take the guesswork out of important decisions as they arise.

Discuss with your doctor and your family about the care you may need in the years ahead.

Optimal treatment can help you manage your COPD, no matter how severe it is. Learn more about COPD treatment. Talk to your doctor to make sure you are on an appropriate COPD treatment that matches how severe your COPD is (e.g., mild, moderate or severe). Get your personalized Doctor Discussion Guide to help you prepare for your doctor's visit.

COPD Action PlanTM is a trademark of the Canadian Thoracic Society.