Pharmacologic Intervention

The aims of pharmacologic therapy in COPD are to:

  • Reduce symptoms
  • Reduce the frequency and severity of exacerbations
  • Improve health status and exercise tolerance

There is no conclusive evidence to show that existing medications modify the long-term decline in lung function characteristic of COPD.1 

Therapy for COPD falls into two main categories:

These therapies may be used alone or in combination, and the choices within each class are dependent on the availability and cost of medication, and on the patient’s response.1