FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF COPD?
Symptoms of COPD may appear years before the flow of air into and out of the lungs declines. They can begin to show as early as age 40. However, not everyone who has these symptoms has COPD, and not everyone who has COPD has these symptoms. If you experience any of the following symptoms—even if they’re mild—be sure to talk to your doctor about treatment options.
- Shortness of breath, especially while doing activities
- A feeling of tightness in the chest
- Wheezing—a high-pitched whistling sound made while breathing
- Constant coughing or a cough that produces a large amount of mucus—also called smoker's cough
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COPD can be caused by long-term exposure to lung irritants.
- Cigarette smoking is the irritant responsible in about 80-90% of people diagnosed with COPD. Secondhand smoke can also contribute to COPD
- Air pollution may also cause COPD. This includes pollutants such as dust or chemical fumes in the environment or workplace
- Genetic factors can also play a role. A rare genetic disorder called alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency, which is passed down in families, can also lead to COPD
You can’t change your genes, but you can do something about exposure to lung irritants, like tobacco smoke (including secondhand smoke), air pollution, chemical fumes, and dust. And if you need help to quit smoking, you can always ask your doctor.
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CAN I STILL BE ACTIVE WITH COPD?
In fact, physical activity can help your body to use oxygen better. Doing upper body exercises, for example, can help strengthen your respiratory muscles; and exercises that strengthen your legs can help improve shortness of breath and build physical stamina.
Before you start, remember to talk to your health care team so you can figure out what the right level of activity is for you. And then it’s all about finding something that you enjoy and can fit into your day.
6 tips to help you be physically active
HOW CAN BEVESPI AEROSPHERE HELP?
BEVESPI AEROSPHERE contains two medicines called bronchodilators.
One medicine helps relax the smooth muscles around the airways, and the other medicine helps prevent those muscles from tightening. When used long-term twice daily, BEVESPI helps to open your airways and keep them open.
Two 24-week clinical studies in patients with COPD showed that the effects of BEVESPI AEROSPHERE on lung function for better breathing were greater than either of its individual medicines alone.* Common side effects of BEVESPI AEROSPHERE include urinary tract infection and cough. Remember, BEVESPI AEROSPHERE is not a rescue inhaler and is not for use to treat sudden COPD symptoms. It is not for use in asthma.
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HOW OFTEN DO YOU TAKE BEVESPI AEROSPHERE? WHAT TIME OF DAY SHOULD I TAKE IT?
BEVESPI AEROSPHERE should be taken as 2 puffs, twice a day.
That’s 2 puffs in the morning, and 2 puffs in the evening.
If you miss a dose, take your next dose at the same time you normally do—but do not take more than your prescribed dose of BEVESPI AEROSPHERE. Don’t stop using BEVESPI AEROSPHERE unless your health care provider tells you to, because your symptoms might come back.
Remember, BEVESPI AEROSPHERE will not replace a rescue inhaler for sudden COPD symptoms.
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CAN I TALK TO SOMEONE LIVE ABOUT TAKING BEVESPI AEROSPHERE?
Yes, we’re here for you!
Have questions about COPD or BEVESPI AEROSPHERE? Call one of our nurses at 1-877-807-44661-877-807-4466 to get additional help—and a live demonstration through video chat—on how to use your BEVESPI AEROSPHERE inhaler.
WHAT FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE IS AVAILABLE TO ME?
SHOULD I STOP TAKING BEVESPI AEROSPHERE IF I FEEL MY SYMPTOMS ARE BETTER?
IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION ABOUT BEVESPI AEROSPHERE INCLUDING BOXED WARNING
People with asthma who take long-acting beta2-adrenergic agonist (LABA) medicines, such as formoterol fumarate (one of the medicines in BEVESPI AEROSPHERE), have an increased risk of death from asthma problems. It is not known if LABA medicines increase the risk of death in people with COPD. BEVESPI AEROSPHERE is only approved for use in COPD. BEVESPI AEROSPHERE is not approved for use in asthma.
- Call your healthcare provider if breathing problems worsen over time while using BEVESPI AEROSPHERE
- Get emergency medical care if your breathing problems worsen quickly or if you use your rescue inhaler, but it does not relieve your breathing problems
- Do not use BEVESPI AEROSPHERE to treat sudden symptoms of COPD. Always have a rescue inhaler with you to treat sudden symptoms
- BEVESPI AEROSPHERE is not for the treatment of asthma. It is not known if BEVESPI AEROSPHERE is safe and effective in people with asthma
- Do not use BEVESPI AEROSPHERE if you are allergic to glycopyrrolate, formoterol fumarate, or to any of the ingredients in BEVESPI AEROSPHERE
- Do not use BEVESPI AEROSPHERE more often than prescribed
- Do not take BEVESPI AEROSPHERE with other medicines that contain a LABA or an anticholinergic for any reason. Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take
- Tell your healthcare provider about all your medical conditions including heart problems, high blood pressure, seizures, thyroid problems, diabetes, liver problems, glaucoma, prostate or bladder problems, or problems passing urine
BEVESPI AEROSPHERE can cause serious side effects, including:
- Sudden breathing problems immediately after inhaling your medicine
- Serious allergic reactions. Call your healthcare provider or get emergency medical care if you get any of the following symptoms of a serious allergic reaction: rash; hives; swelling of the face, mouth and tongue; breathing problems
- Fast or irregular heartbeat, increased blood pressure, chest pain
- Tremor or nervousness
- New or worsened eye problems, including acute narrow-angle glaucoma. Symptoms may include: eye pain or discomfort, nausea or vomiting, blurred vision, seeing halos or bright colors around lights, and red eyes. If you have these symptoms, call your healthcare provider right away before taking another dose
- New or worsened urinary retention. Symptoms may include difficulty urinating, painful urination, urinating frequently, or urinating in a weak stream or drips. If you have any of these symptoms, stop taking BEVESPI AEROSPHERE and call your healthcare provider right away
- High blood sugar or low blood potassium
Common side effects of BEVESPI AEROSPHERE include urinary tract infection and cough. Tell your healthcare provider about any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away.
BEVESPI AEROSPHERE is a prescription medicine used to treat chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). COPD includes chronic bronchitis, emphysema, or both. BEVESPI AEROSPHERE is used long term as 2 inhalations, 2 times each day in the morning and in the evening, to improve symptoms of COPD for better breathing. Do not use BEVESPI AEROSPHERE to treat sudden symptoms of COPD; it won't replace a rescue inhaler. BEVESPI AEROSPHERE is not for the treatment of asthma.
Please read full Prescribing Information , including Boxed WARNING, and Medication Guide and Instructions for Use for BEVESPI AEROSPHERE.
IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION ABOUT BEVESPI AEROSPHERE INCLUDING BOXED WARNING
People with asthma who take long-acting beta2-adrenergic agonist (LABA) medicines, such as formoterol fumarate (one of the medicines in BEVESPI AEROSPHERE), have an increased risk of death from asthma problems. It is not known if LABA medicines increase the risk of death in people with COPD.
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.FDA.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088.1-800-FDA-1088.
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The information on this Web site should not take the place of talking with your doctor or health care professional. If you have any questions about your condition, or if you would like more information about BEVESPI AEROSPHERE or COPD, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. Only you and your doctor can decide if BEVESPI AEROSPHERE is right for you.