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Colors of COPD

I grew up with freckles, then age spots. Now I’m finding all types of skin conditions. Diagnosed with COPD and on a variety of medications. Here is some information about the colors of COPD and items of COPD.

The colors I’ve seen with COPD


These purple diskus’ is a twice-daily prescription medicine 250/50 and 500/50 used for COPD, including chronic bronchitis, emphysema, and asthma. This is for better breathing and fewer flare-ups.

Alpha-1 Awareness

The color is purple.

Arcapta Neohaler

This inhaler is the brand name for indacaterol inhalation, which is a very long-acting beta-agonist bronchodilator. It comes in capsule form and is administered via a dry powder inhaler. Colors: white/raspberry, white/pink or white/yellow. This is a once a day, long-term maintenance treatment of airflow obstruction in COPD.


This white/green or white/gold/green product contains ipratropium, an anticholinergic bronchodilator. It’s used in maintenance treatment of COPD.

Breo Ellipta

This blue/white or green/white is a combination of two medications: fluticasone furoate, which is an inhaled corticosteroid (ICS), and vilanterol, which is a long-acting beta2-adrenergic agonist. This agonist relaxes the muscles around your airways and helps you clear mucus.


Colors are turquoise/dark blue or tan/blue is a long-acting bronchodilator (a beta-agonist drug). It’s for a long-term maintenance treatment for those with COPD. This relaxes the airways and makes it easier to breathe.


Red skin or spots or excess blood to the skin. These can also be red because of rashes, eczema, or cold.

COPD Awareness

Official color is orange. Some say that the color is gold and others might say gray.

Combivent Respimat

This inhaler (ipratropium bromide and albuterol) is orange, tan and clear. This inhaler is for persons with COPD who are using a regular aerosol bronchodilator (inhaler) who are having bronchospasm (airway narrowing) and who require a second bronchodilator.


Blood is normally red. When you have a blue tint to your lips, fingernails, and even skin tells that there isn’t enough oxygen in your blood.

Emphysema Awareness

The official color is gray or pearl.

Healthy Eating

There are numerous color wheels and charts, as people and organizations try to educate people on healthier fruits and vegetables. Here is the color scheme: orange/red, green, blue, purple, crimson, brown, tan, white, yellow.


Yellow, green or bloody phlegm can indicate an infection or an exacerbation. Clear or white is normal.


Yellow eyes can indicate liver, gallbladder or pancreas problems. This yellow pigment is the bilirubin.


A yellow/orange rescue inhaler that contains albuterol, a short-acting, beta-agonist bronchodilator. Proventil relaxes the airways, making it easier to breathe. This is used for shortness of breath and bronchospasms for COPD & asthma.


This is a white/brown container with a purple or white/aqua colored container. This is a corticosteroid containing budesonide. This helps reduce inflammation of the airways, which makes it easier to breathe. Pulmicort is used in the maintenance treatment of COPD.


Purple spots under and on the skin. One doctor told me that I get these because of thin skin. Another said that medication causes this. They don’t hurt, they just look like they would. They just seem to appear. Some last a day and others longer. I’ve had them on the arms, hands, face, and legs. Steroids can cause thin skin, which can cause the purpura.


This tan/teal container contains Spiriva, which is a daily maintenance medicine that reduces airway swelling, relaxes muscles in the airways and helps lungs work better. This long-acting, anticholinergic bronchodilator is used as a maintenance medication that can help manage your COPD symptoms.


Red/Grey 160/4.5 is used for the maintenance of COPD. This is used to reduce COPD exacerbations.

These are just some of the colors of COPD that you see or experience. Inhalers are so important for us and we COPDers possibly use a different one than the next person.

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  1. Leader D, Jelic S. 13 Common COPD Inhalers on the Market. Verywell Health. Accessed February 25, 2019.