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.
Maybe. In ipf approximately 1 in 15 to 1 in 20 patients are called "steroid responders" meaning that they see improvement in their lung function while on prednisone. This is unfortunately a small overall number. In COPD patients can respond to Prednisone during "exacerbations" of their lung disease. The drug is usually given for 7-12 days and stopped; longterm oral steroids cause more harm than good.

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I have pulmonary fibrosis stage 2, I am about to start methotrexate with the prednisone. Do you expect the fatigue to lessen after treatment?

Depends why fatigued. It is important to know whether the fatigue is related to your pulmonary fibrosis.Pulmonary fibrosis is hard to treat and this program may help but we have to be cautious as to say it wall help the lungs and the fatigue. If the fatigue is related to the lung, improving the lung function will help the fatigue. If the fatigue is related to other issues treating the lung will not help. Read more...
No. Fatigue and shortness of breath are likely to continue even with the treatment you are on since it's part of the disease itself to have these symptoms. Read more...

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.

Maybr. The cough is from the pulmonary fibrosis. Bronchodilator therapy may help with the symptoms. If your pulmonary fibrosis is due to active SLE in your lungs you may also need cytoxan (cyclophosphamide) therapy. It is very important you avoid tobacco, and exposure to airborne particles and gasses. . Read more...
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...

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

Yes. Yes, sea level would be better for you. Don't know if you live in the us but if so, florida and arizona are two good places for pulmonary patients. Good luck! Read more...
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...

Pulmonary fibrosis and severe emphysema copd, what to do?

Pulmonologist. If you are a smoker, quit smoking. You should be under the care of a pulmonologist (lung disease specialist). Read more...
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...

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...

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...

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.

Pulmonary . Pulmonary fibrosis is a collection of lung disorders that affect the connective tissue in the lung that cause inflammation and thickening of the support structure of the lung. The areas between the alveoli (the tiny air sacs at the very end of the bronchial tree) become thickened and it is harder to get the oxygen into the capillaries and red blood cells, and likewise it is harder to get the carbon dioxide that we produce out of the capillaries. Pulmonary fibrosis is not copd. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is made up of two disorders normally caused by smoking. These included chronic bronchitis and emphysema. These disorders affect the lung and cause problems in different ways than pulmonary fibrosis. However, some of the end result can be the same: it is harder to get oxygen into the body and harder for carbon dioxide to get out of the body. It is very important to see a pulmonary specialist for pulmonary fibrosis. There are many potential causes of pulmonary fibrosis, including genetic causes. However, there are some disorders that mimic true pulmonary fibrosis so it is really important to have an expert evaluate you. Prognosis and treatment depend on an expert evaluation to determine what your condition really is. Read more...
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...

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...
Probably. High altitude generally does not go along with moderate to severe COPD patients. Symptoms can worsen along with cognitive function. If you are experiencing worsening symptoms at higher altitude, better move to lower locations. Read more...

I m too much worried abt lungs I hve read on healthforums tht LPR can lead to pulmonary fibrosis or COPD m just 30 now what to do for long term?

Don't worry too much. If you don't have other risk factors for these lung conditions especially smoking or exposure to secondhand smoke or toxic fumes. Lpr symptoms can be controlled by taking ppi ;#40;omeprazole;#41;, h2 blockers ;#40;tagamet;#41;, antacids etc. Discuss with ur dr re: long term acid suppresion.Take care and god bless you! http://www.M.Webmd.Com/heartburn-gerd/guide/laryngopharyngeal-reflux-silent-reflux?Page=1. Read more...
Serious. To know all detals must see a lung specialist , its not lightly taken problem, as oxygen exchange decreases. Read more...