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What can make me feel better if I have idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF)?

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There's no cure, but medication and other therapy can ease your symptoms and make your life easier.

Drugs may help slow down the disease. They can stop more scar tissue from forming in your lungs. Other treatments help you breathe easier, control your cough, give you more energy, or prevent infections that could make you sicker.

The options you pick depend on your specific symptoms, overall health, and age. Talk to your doctor to figure out the best plan so you can enjoy life and stay active.

SOURCES:

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "How Is Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis Treated," "What Is a Lung Transplant?"

American Lung Association: "Pulmonary Fibrosis: Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Treatment."

Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation: "Treatment Options."

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Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on April 22, 2018

SOURCES:

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "How Is Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis Treated," "What Is a Lung Transplant?"

American Lung Association: "Pulmonary Fibrosis: Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Treatment."

Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation: "Treatment Options."

FDA.

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on April 22, 2018

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