There are many different treatments for pulmonary fibrosis. Prescribed medications can help reduce the rate of symptoms and attempt to manage them.
Common Treatments for Pulmonary Fibrosis
Nintedanib (Ofev) and Pirfenidone (Esbriet, Pirfenex, Pirespa) are both antifibrotic medications that help to prevent inflammation due to Pulmonary Fibrosis.
Pirfenidone is approved in the US, Canada, Asia and Europe for the treatment of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.
Corticosteroids (prednisone) are also used to treat inflammation. They work by weakening the immune system.
Mycophenolate mofetil/mycophenolic acid (CellCept) also works by weakening the immune system and can sometimes be used in combination with corticosteroids.
Therapies can also help to maintain and treat symptoms associated with pulmonary fibrosis.
Patients with pulmonary fibrosis usually have trouble breathing due to the scarring in their lungs. Oxygen therapy is one of the ways to manage that condition. If your oxygen levels reach below a certain point, your doctor may prescribe oxygen therapy to you. Oxygen therapy is a small tank of oxygen that you carry with you so you can breathe easier. Although many people find carrying around an oxygen tank to be annoying or cumbersome, it is important for the sake of your health.
If you have a severe case of pulmonary fibrosis or you have too much scarring in your lungs, then surgery or a lung transplant may be your only option. This may take a long time and you must meet the criteria set for being viable for a lung transplant. If you are approved for a lung transplant then you are put on a waiting list. This may take up to four months based on your condition, age, and the functionality of your heart, kidney and lungs.
Be sure to talk with your doctor or a professional healthcare provider before you decide to take any medication or therapy for your case of pulmonary fibrosis.
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