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Can antibiotics and anti-inflammatory drugs be used to treat cystic fibrosis (CF)?

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Antibiotics are the main medicines used to prevent and treat lung infections. Often, you’ll take these in pill form. They’re also available in inhaled form. But if you have a severe infection, you may have to get them through an IV in the hospital. Repeat infections can leave your airways swollen and make it harder for you to breathe. Anti-inflammatory drugs can help.

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Cystic Fibrosis -- Treatment,” “Cystic Fibrosis -- Symptoms and Causes.”

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation: “Life with CF: Treatments and Therapies,” “Nebulizer Care at Home,” “CFTR Modulator Therapies,” “Chest Physical Therapy,” “Why Participate in a Clinical Trial?” “Weighing the Benefits and Risks,” “Fitness.”

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “How is Cystic Fibrosis Treated?” “What Are Clinical Trials?”

Johns Hopkins Cystic Fibrosis Center: “Treatments: Pancreas/Gastrointestinal Tract.”

Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Medicine: “The Cystic Fibrosis Intestine.”

NHS: “Treating Cystic Fibrosis.”

University of Michigan Medicine: “Bronchodilators for Cystic Fibrosis.”

Cystic Fibrosis Center at Stanford: “Sinusitis.”

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on August 17, 2018

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Cystic Fibrosis -- Treatment,” “Cystic Fibrosis -- Symptoms and Causes.”

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation: “Life with CF: Treatments and Therapies,” “Nebulizer Care at Home,” “CFTR Modulator Therapies,” “Chest Physical Therapy,” “Why Participate in a Clinical Trial?” “Weighing the Benefits and Risks,” “Fitness.”

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “How is Cystic Fibrosis Treated?” “What Are Clinical Trials?”

Johns Hopkins Cystic Fibrosis Center: “Treatments: Pancreas/Gastrointestinal Tract.”

Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Medicine: “The Cystic Fibrosis Intestine.”

NHS: “Treating Cystic Fibrosis.”

University of Michigan Medicine: “Bronchodilators for Cystic Fibrosis.”

Cystic Fibrosis Center at Stanford: “Sinusitis.”

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on August 17, 2018

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