There are medical therapies that can treat IPF and other therapies that can help you manage symptoms. If you have questions about IPF or your healthcare, discuss your concerns with your doctor.
Therapies for treating IPF: Until recently there were no therapies approved in the US for treating IPF. Today, if you have IPF you may be a candidate for prescription medications that the FDA approved specifically for IPF. These medications treat IPF, but they do not treat its symptoms. Treating IPF and living a healthy lifestyle are important considerations for managing the disease. Talk to your doctor about the available options for treating IPF. Together you can determine a treatment plan that is right for you.
Supplemental oxygen therapy may help patients with IPF who have hypoxemia (not enough oxygen in the blood). Hypoxemia is measured by a test called pulse oximetry, a non-invasive method for monitoring a patient's blood oxygen saturation.
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Pulmonary rehabilitation is a combination of monitored exercise and education that can be very helpful for people with chronic lung diseases such as IPF. Pulmonary rehabilitation teaches you ways to better manage life with IPF by providing you with breathing techniques, nutritional counseling, and emotional support.
Pulmonary rehabilitation activities may include:
- Exercise training and breathing exercises
- Anxiety, stress, and depression management
- Nutritional counseling
- Disease education
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Additional medications: In addition to treatments specifically for IPF, there may be medications that can help with managing symptoms and other conditions that are associated with IPF. Your doctor may prescribe prescription or over-the-counter medications for gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), pulmonary hypertension, or sleeping disorders. Discuss all medications and treatment options with your doctor to determine a treatment plan that is right for you.