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Does prednisone help people with pulmonary fibrosis and copd?

Does prednisone help people with pulmonary fibrosis and copd?

Occasionally: Corticosteroids for pulmonary fibrosis is mostly not helpful. Pts with nsip have shown a response to steroids. In COPD steroid pulses for acute worsening of function but should be weaned quickly. Long term steroids in COPD have not been beneficial. ...Read more

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (Copd) (Definition)

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, otherwise known as COPD, may include chronic bronchitis, emphysema, or both. Chronic bronchitis is the production of increased mucus caused by inflammation. Bronchitis is considered chronic if you cough and produce excess mucus for most days three months out of the year, two years in a row. Emphysema is a disease that damages the air sacs or the smallest breathing tubes in the lungs. COPD is commonly associated with smoking. ...Read more


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I have SLE Lupus and pulmonary fibrosis. Is there a way to get rid of the cough. I use oxygen, take prednisone, cellcept, (mycophenolate mofetil) antimalarial meds.

I have SLE Lupus and pulmonary fibrosis. Is there a way to get rid of the cough. I use oxygen, take prednisone, cellcept, (mycophenolate mofetil) antimalarial meds.

Could not help much: I am sorry to tell unfortunately ,with the SLE and pulm. fibrosis bec. of the lung scarring you have this cough which couldn't be helped much . Supressing cough with medicines like codeine linctus help in heart failure patients ,but in ur case ,should not precipitate infections by suppressing cough. If you are on medicatio like lisinopril for HTN/kidney dz from lupus , it can also contribute ...Read more

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I was told I have severe pulmonary fibrosis and COPD on 24hr oxygen live at 5200ft. Should i move ?

I was told I have severe pulmonary fibrosis and COPD on 24hr oxygen live at 5200ft. Should i move   ?

Depends on your sats: If your oxygen levels / saturations on oxygen are greater than 90% at rest, with activity, and with sleep, you should not need to move to, a lower altitude. ...Read more

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Pulmonary fibrosis and severe emphysema copd, what to do?

Pulmonary fibrosis and severe emphysema copd, what to do?

Rehab: Emphysema and pulm fibrosis may coexist in some patients. Treatment is directed at each entity including bronchodilators, oxygen and steroids. Your age puts an additional option of lung transplant for progressive disease. ...Read more

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What to do if I have pulmonary fibrosis and severe emphysema copd?

See your doctor : You have 2 conditions which can both cause similar symptoms of shortness of breath & exercise limitation. It is important to see your doctor to find out why you have these diseases at a young age and to treat the underlying causes of both. Also, it's important to figure out specifically which type of pulmonary fibrosis you have because treatments can differ and lung transplant may be an option. ...Read more

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Can silent reflux cause can acid reflux cause pulmonary fibrosis or COPD orlung cancer ?

Can silent reflux cause can acid reflux cause pulmonary fibrosis or COPD orlung cancer ?

Not usually: Acid reflux affects the esophagus and, at times, the upper respiratory passage(larynx, trachea) but i wouldn't expect pulmonary fibrosis or lung cancer as complications. If you have reflux, see your md for treatment and dietary advice in order to protect your esophagus from chronic changes. ...Read more

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I've been told I have pulmonary fibrosis. Is this copd? What is the prognosis and/or treatment? I had a stroke 7 years ago.

Different: Fibrosis is not copd, although they may exist together in some people. There are different varieties of fibrosis, so evaluation by your healthcare provider is needed to determine your prognosis and treatment. ...Read more

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I was told I have pulmonary fibrosis severe and COPD on 24hr oxygen. I live at 5200ft, should I move to 970ft?

Maybe: You would probably lower your oxygen requirements. At 5000 feet the amount of oxygen available to you is almost 1/3 less than is available at sea level. ...Read more

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Copd (Definition)

COPD may include chronic bronchitis, emphysema, or both. Chronic bronchitis is the production of increased mucus caused by inflammation. Bronchitis is considered chronic if you cough and produce excess mucus most days for three months in a year, two years in a row. Emphysema is a disease that damages the air sacs and/or the smallest breathing tubes in the lungs. ...Read more


Dr. Thomas Namey
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Prednisone (Definition)

Prednisone is a synthetic cortisone. The body makes cortisone, a natural hormone made in adrenal glands. The body converts it to Hydrocortisone to become active. 25 mg of cortisone has about same effect as 5 mgm prednisone. The average person would produce 3-6 mg of pred daily. So why use a substitute? The synthetic has more anti-inflammatory effect; but has less effect ...Read more