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What are the benefits of having oral acetylcysteine in pulmonary fibrosis?

What are the benefits of having oral acetylcysteine in pulmonary fibrosis?

Pulmonary fibrosis: There is one type of pulmonary fibrosis (aka interstitial lung disease) known as uip(usual interstitial pneumonia) of which there have been some trials done with n-acetylcysteine(nac). It is thought that it may slow down the inflammatory process associated with uip. To date, there have not been convincing studies to suggest this. That being said, we do use it because the side effects are minimal. ...Read more

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Dr. Aaron Milstone
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Pulmonary Fibrosis (Definition)

Pulmonary fibrosis is a lung condition in which there is progressive scarring of the lung tissue. Symptoms include shortness of breath, chest pain, fatigue, ...Read more


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I have pulmonary fibrosis from smoking I've smoked since age 11, are there any psychotropic meds that can benefit the lungs?

I have pulmonary fibrosis from smoking I've smoked since age 11, are there any psychotropic meds that can benefit the lungs?

Not to my knowledge: To my knowledge, psychotropic medications (for depression, bipolar mania, etc.) have no effect on lung function. They are designed to affect the nerve cells / in the central nervous system, & can have neurologic side effects that then affect other parts of the body (dry mouth, etc). There may be individual drugs with adverse lung effects, but nothing benefits. I feel for you: IPF is a tough diseas ...Read more

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What can cause pulmonary fibrosis?

What can cause pulmonary fibrosis?

Scarred Lungs: Pulmonary fibrosis is essentially scarring of the lungs. There are many different causes for the lungs to scar. The disease can be a long-term chronic problem however in certain cases if the underlying cause of scarring is not addressed, it can be fatal. Furthermore, idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis is almost uniformly fatal. Lung transplantation may be a final resort. ...Read more

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How does pulmonary fibrosis affect a person?

Difficulty breathing: It can lead to restrictive lung pattern with progressive worsening of dyspnea with pulmonary hypertension and secondary right sided heart failure. ...Read more

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Which symptoms do you have for pulmonary fibrosis?

Shortness of Breath: Mainly, patients with pulmonary fibrosis have shortness of breath. Some can get low oxygen levels. Others can also have an unrelenting cough. The thing is, however, this greatly depends on how severe the pulmonary fibrosis (or scarring) is. If you have only mild scarring, you can have no symptoms at all. The best way to find out how much it has affected you is to do a lung function test. ...Read more

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What symptoms can you have for pulmonary fibrosis?

Shortness of breath: Could be slowly progressive. Cough, short of breath, dyspnea to effort among the common ones. ...Read more

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Can symptoms of pulmonary fibrosis come and go randomly?

Can symptoms of pulmonary fibrosis come and go randomly?

Of course: Symptoms can always get better and worse. Symptoms will vary depending on multiple factors. It does not mean the pulmonary fibrosis is getting better or worse, but how the other organs in your body react to the situations of the day. ...Read more

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What is the longest someone lives with pulmonary fibrosis?

Depends : It really depends on how much fibrosis there is present and what the underlying cause of the pulmonary fibrosis is. ...Read more

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What types of medicines are used to treat pulmonary fibrosis?

No effective Rx: There are no effective treatments for pulmonary fibrosis although Prednisone (steroids) are often used. Multiple other medications have been used, but none has been proven to affect this condition. ...Read more

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