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In order to treat your COPD, consult with one of our board-certified doctors online today to get a prescription that will help you breathe easier. Get a new prescription to treat COPD or refill an existing prescription today.*

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*Prescriptions are provided at the doctor's discretion. Learn more about our controlled substances policy and how to save up to 80% with our prescription discount card. PlushCare doctors cannot treat all cases of COPD. Our primary care physicians can conduct an initial evaluation of your symptoms but may need to refer you to a specialist or for in-person treatment. If you are experiencing life-threatening symptoms, seek emergency medical attention immediately.

About chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a group of progressive lung diseases that make it harder to breathe. Of these conditions, chronic bronchitis and emphysema are the most common.

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or chronic obstructive lung disease, happens when damage occurs in the small airways and air sacs in the lungs. When these structures become damaged, they block normal airflow, leading to airway obstruction.

According to the American Lung Association, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease affects millions of people in the United States. Fortunately, this lung disease is often preventable and treatable. Treatment options for COPD can help you manage symptoms, make healthy lifestyle changes, and find support.

COPD Causes

Over time, irritants can damage the lungs, causing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). These lung irritants can come from:

  • Smoking

    The toxins in cigarettes can weaken the lungs' defense against respiratory infections, narrow air passages, and cause airway inflammation.

  • Environmental factors

    Environmental lung irritants can play a role in COPD. For example, long-term exposure to air pollution, secondhand smoke, and chemicals can lead to COPD.

  • Alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency

    A rare form of COPD, alpha-1 deficiency-related emphysema, is caused by an alpha-1 deficiency. A genetic condition that affects the body's ability to produce Alpha-1, which protects the lungs, can cause people to develop COPD.

COPD symptoms

For most people, COPD symptoms don't appear until the lungs have experienced significant damage. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease symptoms typically worsen over time, and continued exposure to lung irritants can further aggravate COPD symptoms.

  • Common symptoms of COPD include:

    • Shortness of breath and breathing difficulty, especially during physical activity

    • Wheezing and/or chest tightness

    • Frequent respiratory infections

    • A chronic cough, which may produce white, yellow, or greenish mucus

    • Lack of energy

    • Swelling in the ankles, feet, or legs

    • Unintended weight loss (in severe cases)

How to treat COPD

Many people with COPD experience mild symptoms, where little treatment is needed beyond smoking cessation. For more advanced COPD, treatment focuses on relieving symptoms, reducing the risk of complications, and treating chronic breathing problems.

Not all people with COPD have the same symptoms, and treatment will vary from person to person. Treatment options for COPD include:

  • COPD medication, such as anti-inflammatory drugs or bronchodilators

  • Endobronchial valve (EBV) treatment

  • Oxygen therapy to provide supplemental oxygen

  • Pulmonary rehabilitation

  • Quitting smoking

  • Lung surgery, such as lung volume reduction surgery, for severe COPD

  • Lung transplantation in very severe COPD

COPD Medication

Multiple COPD medications are used to treat symptoms, and there's no "best" medication for all people. COPD medication can help you breathe easier, live an active life, and have fewer symptom flare-ups.

Your doctor will consider your medical history and symptoms to determine the best treatment for you. Medications for COPD treatment include:

How to prevent COPD

COPD is highly preventable. If you're concerned about developing COPD, take the following steps to lower your risk.

  • Quit smoking

  • Avoid exposure to secondhand cigarette smoke

  • Take care to protect yourself from lung irritants, such as air pollution

When to see a doctor for COPD

Talk to your doctor if:

  • Your symptoms aren't improving with treatment

  • You're experiencing new or severe COPD symptoms

  • You notice symptoms of an infection, such as a fever

Seek immediate medical attention if:

  • You can't catch your breath

  • You notice blueness on your lips or fingernails

  • You feel foggy or have trouble concentrating

COPD treatment FAQs

  • What is the best treatment for COPD?

    There's no "best" treatment for COPD, and the right treatment for you will depend on your specific symptoms. For most people, short-acting bronchodilator inhalers can help make breathing easier by relaxing the airways.

  • What is the best medicine for COPD?

    Depending on your COPD symptoms, your doctor may prescribe anti-inflammatory medications, bronchodilators, or other medications to make breathing easier.

    In some cases, your doctor may recommend antibiotics or antihistamines to treat infections or improve symptoms.

  • How do you quit smoking to treat COPD?

    If you're quitting smoking to treat COPD, talk to your doctor about smoking cessation medication. Some common smoking cessation medications we prescribe include:

  • Can lungs heal from COPD?

    No, damaged lung tissue cannot repair itself. However, seeking COPD treatment can help you slow the progression of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, manage your symptoms, and live a healthy life.

3 simple steps to request COPD treatment today

Step 1

Book a COPD treatment appointment.

Book a same day appointment from anywhere.

Step 2

Talk to your medical provider regarding your COPD symptoms.

Visit with a doctor on your smartphone or computer.

Step 3

Pick up a prescription to treat COPD.

We can send prescriptions to any local pharmacy.

Related conditions to COPD

  • Emphysema

    Emphysema, a type of COPD, causes shortness of breath. Emphysema happens when the air sacs in the lungs become damaged. Over time, these air sacs can weaken and rupture.


    Bronchitis happens when the bronchial tubes become inflamed. This inflammation can lead to increased mucus production, wheezing, and chest discomfort. There are two types of bronchitis: acute bronchitis and chronic bronchitis.

    Smoking cessation

    Smoking is the most common cause of COPD, and quitting is the most important thing you can do to reduce your risk.


    Dyspnea, or discomfort with breathing, is a marker of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Over time, the severity of dyspnea increases as the disease progresses, leading to disability.

COPD treatment pricing details

How pricing works

To request COPD treatment and get a new or refill on your prescription, join our monthly membership and get discounted visits

Paying with insurance



First month free



30 days of free membership

  • Same-day appointments 7 days a week

  • Unlimited messages with your Care Team

  • Prescription discount card to save up to 80%

  • Exclusive discounts on lab tests

  • Free memberships for your family

  • Cancel anytime

Visit price with insurance

Often the same as an office visit. Most patients with in-network insurance pay $30 or less!

  • We accept these insurance plans and many more:

    • Humana
    • Aetna
    • United Healthcare

Paying without insurance



First month free



30 days of free membership

  • Same-day appointments 7 days a week

  • Unlimited messages with your Care Team

  • Prescription discount card to save up to 80%

  • Exclusive discounts on lab tests

  • Free memberships for your family

  • Cancel anytime

Visit price without insurance

Initial visits are $129.

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If we're unable to treat you, we'll provide a full refund.


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