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How do you treat restrictive lung disease with medicines?

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Few medicines are available to treat most causes of restrictive lung disease.

Two drugs, Esbriet (pirfenidone) and Ofev (nintedanib), are FDA-approved to treat idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.

In cases of restrictive lung disease caused by inflammation, medicines that affect your immune system may help:

  • Corticosteroids (such as prednisone)
  • Azathioprine (Imuran)
  • Cyclophosphamide
  • Methotrexate

From: Obstructive and Restrictive Lung Disease WebMD Medical Reference

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Mason, R. , Saunders, 2010. News release, FDA. Murray and Nadel's Textbook of Respiratory Medicine, 5th Edition

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National Institutes of Health.

Vainshelboim, B et al. Respiration 2014; 88(5):378-88

Reviewed by Louise Chang on February 4, 2018

SOURCES:

Mason, R. , Saunders, 2010. News release, FDA. Murray and Nadel's Textbook of Respiratory Medicine, 5th Edition

Medline Plus.

National Institutes of Health.

Vainshelboim, B et al. Respiration 2014; 88(5):378-88

Reviewed by Louise Chang on February 4, 2018

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