Common treatment options

Depending on the type or severity of a respiratory disease, there are a range of effective treatment options designed to help you live your best life.

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder


A variety of prescription medications have been developed to treat COPD and alleviate the symptoms. There is no one-size-fits-all solution. Your doctor will recommend the medication based on your unique situation.

Exercise and Pulmonary Rehabilitation

This is an integrated health strategy that involves a combination of exercises, education, dietary advice and counselling.

Breathing Techniques

There are a number of breathing exercises that can help you manage occasions where you are experiencing shortness of breath. This includes “belly breathing” (from the diaphragm) and pursed lip breathing.

Lifestyle Changes

Smoking is a leading cause of COPD. Quitting is crucial in halting the advance of COPD. There are currently a wide range of smoking cessation programs, medications and strategies available to help.

Dietary Changes

It has been shown that changes in diet can often help reduce the impacts of chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder. This strategy may involve consultation with a trained dietician.

Supplemental Oxygen

With COPD, your lungs typically have difficulty providing the necessary uptake of oxygen your body requires. In extreme cases, patients may require a portable oxygen device to assist with breathing.



More commonly known as inhalers or puffers, bronchodilators have been highly successful in helping asthma sufferers manage the disease and live ordinary lives. There are 2 types: short acting (immediate relief) and long acting.


In many cases asthma can be controlled by properly using your inhalers, identifying and avoiding known triggers (such as: as pets, pollen, dust, cold air, exertion and fumes), and minimizing physical activities.

What you need to know before your PFT appointment.

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