COPD Treatment

COPD can't be cured, but it can be treated.

Proper COPD treatment includes these steps:

  • Quit smoking to slow down your COPD.
  • Take COPD medications to prevent and lessen symptoms.
  • Make changes to your lifestyle to stay healthy.
  • Engage in physical activity and exercise. If you need support, you may join a pulmonary rehabilitation program.
  • Prevent and control your COPD flare-ups or worsening of symptoms.
  • For certain people with COPD, doctors may also recommend oxygenotherapy.


The Living Well with COPD program offers information and support for each of these topics. The best way to learn more about COPD is to work together with your health care team that will be able to provide you the information and support specifically suited to your needs.