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How is pulmonary fibrosis treated?

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Dr. Michael Sanders
Internal Medicine - Pulmonology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Depends...

It really depends on the type.
If you're talking about idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, there's a new drug called pirfenidone. It slows the progression but it isn't curative.

In brief: Depends...

It really depends on the type.
If you're talking about idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, there's a new drug called pirfenidone. It slows the progression but it isn't curative.
Dr. Michael Sanders
Dr. Michael Sanders
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Dr. Dennis Clifford
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
2 doctors agree

In brief: Supportive care

Supplemental oxygen, good nutrition and breathing exercises may be of benefit.
There is currently no effective treatment to prevent worsening of most pulmonary fibrosis. N-acetyl cyteine supplements are currently being studied along with a medication called perfenidone to see if outcomes are different.

In brief: Supportive care

Supplemental oxygen, good nutrition and breathing exercises may be of benefit.
There is currently no effective treatment to prevent worsening of most pulmonary fibrosis. N-acetyl cyteine supplements are currently being studied along with a medication called perfenidone to see if outcomes are different.
Dr. Dennis Clifford
Dr. Dennis Clifford
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Dr. Ibrahim Faruqi
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Depends on the Dx

Pulmonary fibrosis is a loose term. Different ild's are treated differently.
"idiopathic" pulmonary fibrosis (ipf) is one among more than 200 kinds of ild's . We do not have a very good treatment for ipf. Pirfenidone is the only drug approved outside of us for ipf (none in the usa).

In brief: Depends on the Dx

Pulmonary fibrosis is a loose term. Different ild's are treated differently.
"idiopathic" pulmonary fibrosis (ipf) is one among more than 200 kinds of ild's . We do not have a very good treatment for ipf. Pirfenidone is the only drug approved outside of us for ipf (none in the usa).
Dr. Ibrahim Faruqi
Dr. Ibrahim Faruqi
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Dr. Aaron Milstone
Internal Medicine - Pulmonology

In brief: Options

There are no drugs that have been proven to help at this time although a drug called pirfenidone has been studies and shows progress (it decreases progressive scarring of the lungs). There are also a number of drug trials ongoing in the US and elsewhere to try and find something that works.

In brief: Options

There are no drugs that have been proven to help at this time although a drug called pirfenidone has been studies and shows progress (it decreases progressive scarring of the lungs). There are also a number of drug trials ongoing in the US and elsewhere to try and find something that works.
Dr. Aaron Milstone
Dr. Aaron Milstone
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