Physical activity can be challenging when you have COPD. Nevertheless, it’s important to stay active. Remember to work with a healthcare professional to ensure the activities you choose match your ability level.
Some exercises, such as moderate-paced walking, bicycling, gardening and swimming, are often encouraged for those who can perform them comfortably. These activities help reduce risks of other conditions, promote better breathing and improve your tolerance for exercise.
Always consult your physician before starting any exercise program.
Pursed-lip breathing and diaphragmatic breathing are 2 types of exercise that can help you breathe easier when you feel short of breath.
Consult your physician before starting these exercises.
Sit upright with your neck and shoulders relaxed.
Breathe in slowly through your nose for 2 seconds.
Purse (pucker) your lips as if you were going to whistle, and breathe out slowly.
Breathe out twice as long as it took to breathe in.
Diaphragmatic (Abdominal/Belly) Breathing
Lay on your back with knees bent and shoulders relaxed. You may also try this sitting in a chair.
Place one hand on your stomach and the other on your chest.
Breathe in through your nose for about 2 seconds. You should feel your belly move outward. Your chest should stay still.
Tighten your stomach muscles. Then breathe out slowly through pursed lips. You’ll feel your stomach go down as you push air out.
Maintain a Healthy Weight
Did you know that if you’re overweight your lungs have to work much harder to breathe?
On the other hand, those who are underweight often have less energy, feel tired and are more prone to complications. Talk to your doctor to determine your optimal weight.
A pulmonary rehabilitation program is designed to increase your level of physical activity, reduce COPD symptoms such as breathlessness and have a positive effect on your overall well-being.
These comprehensive programs can include:
Smoking cessation assistance
For more information about pulmonary rehabilitation programs, talk to your doctor or visit the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation.
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Important Safety Information
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.
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
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.