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What medications may keep your idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) from getting worse?

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Two drugs may help prevent new scarring from forming in your lungs, which is the cause of your breathing troubles.

Nintedanib (Ofev) and pirfenidone (Esbriet) block a process in your body that leads to lung scarring. They may keep your IPF from getting worse and can help you breathe better.

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

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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