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What is the treatment for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis?

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Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
4 doctors agree

In brief: No good treatemtns

Unfortunately, there are no good, effective treatments for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.
Many have been tried, such as steroids, anti-inflammatory drugs, and a drug called mucomyst, (acetylcysteine) but the studies done have not shown significant efficacy. Treatment is mainly supportive.

In brief: No good treatemtns

Unfortunately, there are no good, effective treatments for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.
Many have been tried, such as steroids, anti-inflammatory drugs, and a drug called mucomyst, (acetylcysteine) but the studies done have not shown significant efficacy. Treatment is mainly supportive.
Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
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Dr. Mario Mangas
Internal Medicine

In brief: Treatment for IPF

Currently there is no approved treatment for IPF.
Prednisone is still used but data has failed to change the course of the disease. Several products under trial, pirfenidone has shown some suggestion in the progression of disease not currently approved. Current trials using stem cells is under way. Supportive treatment with oxygen and bronchodilators may be helpful.

In brief: Treatment for IPF

Currently there is no approved treatment for IPF.
Prednisone is still used but data has failed to change the course of the disease. Several products under trial, pirfenidone has shown some suggestion in the progression of disease not currently approved. Current trials using stem cells is under way. Supportive treatment with oxygen and bronchodilators may be helpful.
Dr. Mario Mangas
Dr. Mario Mangas
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Dr. Frank Mayo
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care

In brief: Very little

There are currently no successful therapies for ipf including lung transplantation.
Steroids Imuran (azathioprine) and acetlcysteine were tried as a combo therapy with worse survival for the treatment arm. Exercise and oxygen may provide some benefit. Several new drugs are currently in evaluation but none have shown great promise except for marginally slowing the disease process.

In brief: Very little

There are currently no successful therapies for ipf including lung transplantation.
Steroids Imuran (azathioprine) and acetlcysteine were tried as a combo therapy with worse survival for the treatment arm. Exercise and oxygen may provide some benefit. Several new drugs are currently in evaluation but none have shown great promise except for marginally slowing the disease process.
Dr. Frank Mayo
Dr. Frank Mayo
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