There is currently no permanent cure for COPD, the disease is progressive and chronic. The treatments available to date have been based on long-acting bronchodilators for moderate and severe disease, and inhaled cortisones for severely ill patients with frequent flare-ups.
Only a specialist can prescribe an appropriate treatment plan, which defines the most suitable treatment pathway based on the disease stage (mild, moderate or severe).
A prompt diagnosis, keeping to the treatment, having an active lifestyle, reducing risk factors (e.g. stopping smoking) and continual monitoring of the symptoms are all vital in slowing disease progression and maintaining a good quality of life.