Pulmonary fibrosis (PF) is a respiratory condition that causes the formation of scar tissue in the lungs. It is progressive disease and can take years to progress. Because of thickening lung tissue, it is difficult for the lungs to properly transport oxygen to the bloodstream and organs, causing symptoms like shortness of breath or a dry and hacking cough.
PF is more common among middle-aged and older people, but it can develop in anyone.
Genetics may be a cause of pulmonary fibrosis, but in most cases, the cause is unknown — a condition known as idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. Each patient tends to have a different experience with the disease, which can progress faster or slower depending on the patient.
There is currently no cure for pulmonary fibrosis. However, medication and other treatment options can help improve patients’ quality of life.
Medication to treat PF patients
- Ofev (nintedanib)
- Esbriet (pirfenidone)
- Trisulfa-FPI (cotrimoxazole)
Investigational drugs for PF patients
- AEOL 10150
- Simtuzumab (GS-6624)
- Tipelukast (MN-001)
Options for PF respiratory problems
- Oxygen therapy
- Pulmonary rehabilitation
- Lung transplant
Complementary PF treatments
- Flu and pneumonia vaccines
- Cough medicines or oral codeine
- Vitamin D, calcium, and a bone-building medicine
- Anti-reflux therapy
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