There is no known cure for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, but the symptoms can be managed and its progression can be
delayed. Treatment includes:
- Bronchodilators, which are the primary medications prescribed.
- Corticosteroids are the option to treat and prevent acute exacerbations.
- Supplemental oxygen is recommended in those with low oxygen levels at rest
- Exercises, including a program of pulmonary rehabilitation.
- Surgery. It is helpful for severe very severe cases and may include lung
transplantation or lung volume reduction surgery