Control medicines for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are drugs you take to control or prevent symptoms of COPD. You must use these medicines every day for them to work well.
These medicines are not used to treat flare-ups. Flare-ups are treated with quick-relief (rescue) drugs.
Depending on the medicine, control drugs help you breathe easier by:
You and your health care provider can make a plan for the control drugs that you should use.