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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
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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
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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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