Here is a Simple COPD Action Plan if You Have a Flare-up
♦ If you are more short of breath, use albuterol sulfate and/or ipratropium bromide inhalers every 2 – 4 hours as needed
Albuterol sulfate – brand names are ProAir, Proventil, and Ventolin
Ipratropium bromide – brand name is Atrovent
Combination of albuterol sulfate and ipratropium bromide –
brand names are Combivent Respimat and DuoNeb solution (in nebulizer)
♦ If you cough up yellow or green mucus, call or see your health care provider to ask if an antibiotic is appropriate.
♦ If use of albuterol sulfate and/or ipratropium bromide does not help improve your breathing difficulty, call or see your health care provider to ask if prednisone is appropriate.
♦ If you cannot speak in full sentences or cannot fall asleep at night because of breathing difficulty, call or see your health care professional, go to an Urgent Care center, or go to the nearest Emergency Department.
Please note, this Simple COPD Action Plan provides general medical information. You should contact your personal health care professional to ask about any symptoms or for an answer to a specific question.