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Can bronchodilators and mucus thinners be used to treat cystic fibrosis (CF)?

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Bronchodilators : These medications work to open your airways. They’re often given in an inhaler or nebulizer. This turns medicine into a mist you breathe in through your nose. Your doctor may want you to take this medicine before chest physical therapy or to help other medications work better.

Mucus thinners: This type of medicine loosens thick, sticky mucus and helps improve the way your lungs work.

CFTR modulators: These help the defective CFTR protein affecting most CF patients work like it should, improving lung function and helping you gain weight. A combination therapy of three CFTR mudulations called elexacaftor/ivacaftor/tezacaftor (Trkafta ) has been shown to have significant impact on improving the ability for lungs to work as they should.   

From: What's the Treatment for Cystic Fibrosis? WebMD Medical Reference

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 November 13, 2019

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 November 13, 2019

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