There are different levels or stages of COPD: mild, moderate, and severe. About 1/3 of all COPD patients have mild COPD, 1/3 have moderate COPD, and 1/3 have severe COPD.
Your doctor may perform tests that measure how much air is in your lungs and assess the risk of COPD symptom flare-ups (exacerbations) to determine the severity of your COPD. If you find that you have trouble breathing at night or during the day, or may be short of breath and tire easily when walking up the stairs or across the room, your COPD may be more advanced.
People with severe COPD may also:
With severe COPD, your chances of having a COPD symptom flare-up are even greater.
There are medicines that can help reduce your risk of moderate or severe exacerbations.
DALIRESP can cause serious side effects. Tell your healthcare provider right away if you have any of the symptoms listed below while taking DALIRESP.
Do not take DALIRESP if you have certain liver problems. Talk with your healthcare provider before taking DALIRESP if you have liver problems.
Before you take DALIRESP, tell your healthcare provider if you:
The most common side effects of DALIRESP include diarrhea, weight loss, nausea, headache, back pain, flu-like symptoms, problems sleeping (insomnia), dizziness, and decreased appetite. These are not all the possible side effects of DALIRESP. Always tell your healthcare provider about any side effects that bother you or don't go away.