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Does prednisone help people with pulmonary fibrosis and copd?
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Dr. Frank Mayo
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Frank Mayo
Dr. Frank Mayo
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Dr. Gutti Rao
Internal Medicine - Hospital-based practice
In brief: Helps most of them
In brief: Helps most of them
Prednisone does help copd, and pulmonary fibrosis.
Dr. Gutti Rao
Dr. Gutti Rao
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Dr. Aaron Milstone
Internal Medicine - Pulmonology
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Aaron Milstone
Dr. Aaron Milstone
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