What Is the Treatment for Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis?

Q:
What is the treatment for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis?

A:
Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis is a lung disease that occurs when scars are formed in the lung. It can cause serious breathing problems. If you get idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, you may have symptoms like shortness of breath, fatigue, nail clubbing, a dry cough and unexplained weight loss.

There is no cure for the disease now, but treatment can ease symptoms and help slow the progression.

The common treatments include:

  • Medications
    Pirfenidone (Esbriet) and nintedanib (Ofev) to slow the progression.
    Anti-inflammatory medications to fight the inflammation.
    Anti-acid medications to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
  • Oxygen therapy
    Oxygen therapy can help you maintain normal blood oxygen levels and breathe better.
  • Pulmonary rehabilitation
    Pulmonary rehabilitation can help you improve your lung function and ease symptoms.
  • Lung transplant
    Lung transplant is only for people with severe idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. They may live longer after the surgery, but the surgery may also have some complications such as rejection and infection.

You should consult your doctor before taking any treatment.

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