Chronic stable disease – drug therapy

COPD management involves treatment of chronic stable disease and of exacerbations.1 Treatment of chronic stable COPD aims to prevent exacerbations and improve physical function through a combination of drug and non-drug therapy options.

This section outlines the major inhaled therapies for COPD; bronchodilators and inhaled corticosteroids. Go to the ThinkCOPDifferently section to learn about an additional class of COPD drugs, the PDE4 inhibitors.



  1. Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD): Global Strategy for the Diagnosis, Management, and Prevention of COPD. 2013.

Chronic stable disease - non drug therapy

Learn more about non drug therapy for COPDGo

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