COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) - Living With COPD
When you manage COPD,
- Quit smoking.
- Take steps to improve your ability to breathe.
- Eat well and stay active.
all you can about COPD.
- Get support from your family and
It's never too late to quit smoking. No matter how long you have had COPD or how serious it is,
quitting smoking will help slow down the disease and improve your quality of
Although lung damage that already has
occurred doesn't reverse, quitting smoking can slow down how quickly your COPD
symptoms get worse.
One Man's Story:
"I tried to quit cold turkey, but after just a few days
I could tell that wasn't going to work. I realized that I needed to try
something else. So I tried the patch, and that made a big difference. I can
feel a difference in my breathing. And I feel hopeful that quitting will give
me a few more years on my feet."—Ned
Read more about how Ned quit smoking.
You may think that nothing can help you quit. But today
there are several treatments shown to be very good at helping people stop
smoking. They include:
- Nicotine replacement therapy.
- The medicines
bupropion (Wellbutrin or Zyban) and
Today's medicines offer lots of help for people who want to quit. You
will double your chances of quitting even if medicine is
the only treatment you use to quit, but your odds get even better when you
combine medicine and other quit strategies, such as counseling.9
For more information, see the topic Quitting Smoking.