The Air You Breathe
Your environment may play a role in the development of COPD and/or its progression. In fact, exposure to both outdoor and indoor air pollution accounts for 10% to 20% of COPD complications and symptoms.
To help prevent further aggravation of symptoms, it’s important to identify and avoid occupational and environmental pollutants as much as you can.
Here are common triggers and suggestions on how to avoid them.
Check with your employer to determine what measures are being taken to limit employees’ exposure to pollutants such as dust, chemicals and fumes. In addition, if your organization provides personal protection equipment, this may be helpful.
If you smoke, quitting will slow the progression of COPD. Also, avoid secondhand smoke. Designate your home as a smoke-free zone and ask others to smoke outside.
Open fires and stoves
Many people still heat their homes and cook using coal, wood, crop waste, charcoal and animal dung.
Instead of using an open fire or stove, which produces high levels of air pollutants that can cause your COPD symptoms to worsen, opt for safer stoves that don’t emit pollutants. It’s also best to cook in a well-ventilated area.
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Important Safety Information
People with asthma who take long-acting beta2 adrenergic agonist (LABA) medicines such as PERFOROMIST have an increased risk of death from asthma problems. It is not known whether LABA medicines, such as PERFOROMIST, increase the risk of death in people with COPD. Get emergency medical care if breathing problems worsen quickly, or you use your rescue inhaler medicine but it does not relieve your breathing problems
PERFOROMIST Inhalation Solution is used long term, twice a day (morning and evening), in controlling symptoms of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in adults with COPD. PERFOROMIST is for inhalation use only through a standard jet nebulizer connected to an air compressor and should not be swallowed or injected.
Important Safety Information
PERFOROMIST should not be used in children.
PERFOROMIST is not for use to treat sudden symptoms of COPD and should not be used more than twice a day. Always have a short-acting beta2-agonist with you to treat sudden symptoms.
Tell your healthcare professional about all of your health conditions, including if you:
- have heart problems
- have high blood pressure
- have diabetes
- have seizures
- have thyroid problems
- have liver problems
- are pregnant or planning to become pregnant. It is not known if PERFOROMIST Inhalation Solution can harm an unborn baby.
- are breastfeeding. It is not known if PERFOROMIST Inhalation Solution passes into breast milk and if it can harm your baby.
Tell your healthcare professional about all medicines you take including prescription and non-prescription medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements. PERFOROMIST and certain medicines may interact with each other and cause serious side effects.
PERFOROMIST can cause serious side effects including:
- Increased risk of death from asthma problems (See Boxed Warning above)
- Sudden shortness of breath immediately after use of PERFOROMIST
- Serious allergic reactions including rash, hives, swelling of the face, mouth, and tongue, and breathing problems. Call your healthcare professional or get emergency medical care if you get any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction.
- Chest pain
- Increased or decreased blood pressure
- A fast and irregular heartbeat
- Low blood potassium
- High blood sugar
- High blood acid
The most common side effects of PERFOROMIST include:
- Dry mouth
- Muscle cramps
- Nausea, vomiting
- Trouble sleeping
- If your COPD symptoms worsen over time do not increase your dose of PERFOROMIST, instead call your healthcare professional.