Anti-inflammatory medication helps reduce and prevent inflammation inside the airways. Inhaled corticosteroids and corticosteroid pills are two types of anti-inflammatory medications.

Daliresp® (roflumilast)

  • This is pill for people with severe COPD to help decrease exacerbations or flare ups


Steroid Pills

Steroid pills are used when you have an exacerbation or flare-up and your symptoms are getting worse. Long-term use of steroid pills can result in serious side effects and are not recommended to treat COPD long-term.

  • Steroid pills include:
    • ​Deltasone® (prednisone)

    • Medrol® (methylprednisolone)


This information has been approved by Ann Mullen, RN, CNS, MSN, AE-C (December 2015).