Common Medications in Cystic Fibrosis Treatment

What You Need to Know About Your CF Medications

Cystic fibrosis is a life-threatening disease which, over time, compromises lung function. There is no cure for cystic fibrosis and no one right treatment for cystic fibrosis. Instead, treatment plans vary according to your needs. Because a treatment regimen typically evolves as cystic fibrosis progresses, it's imperative that you are closely monitored by a physician who specializes in the treatment of cystic fibrosis.

Treatments for cystic fibrosis fall into three categories: airway clearance to rid the lungs of mucus, inhaled medicine to open up the airways and pancreatic enzyme supplementation to help with digestion.

Fortunately, advances in medicine have contributed to a dramatically improved prognosis in people with CF. Nowadays with proper treatment, a person with CF can expect to live to middle age. However, please keep in mind that the key to living a healthful life with cystic fibrosis is to work closely with your physician, to take good care of yourself and to adhere to treatment plans.

If you have cystic fibrosis, you will take medications every day for the rest of your life. Most likely you will find one or more of these drugs in your medicine cabinet at some point during your treatment.

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Tobi

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Tobi is an antibiotic used to treat Pseudomonas aeruginosa, a bacteria that grows in the lungs of many people with cystic fibrosis. Learn what you need to know about Tobi, including possible adverse effects, safety warnings and financial assistance.

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Pulmozyme

Pulmozyme (dornase alfa) is an important part of treatment for many people with cystic fibrosis. Learn what you need to know about Pulmozyme, including possible side effects, safety warnings and financial assistance.

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Pancreatic Enzymes

Most people with cystic fibrosis take pancreatic enzyme replacements whenever they eat to allow them to absorb nutrients and avoid the discomforts of malabsorption. Learn what you need to know about pancrelipase, including possible adverse effects, safety warnings and financial assistance.

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Anti-Inflammatory Medications

Anti-inflammatory medications are sometimes prescribed to people with cystic fibrosis to help reduce swelling of air passages and improve lung function. Learn what you need to know about the different types of anti-inflammatory medications, including when and how anti-inflammatory medications are used in cystic fibrosis treatment, potential benefits and possible risks of anti-inflammatory use.

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Bronchodilators

Many people with cystic fibrosis use medications called bronchodilators to help improve lung function. Learn what you need to know about the bronchodilators used in cystic fibrosis treatment, including possible adverse effects, safety warnings and where to find financial assistance.

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Azithromycin

Azithromycin is an antibiotic that is used to treat infection in people with or without cystic fibrosis(CF). Read about the way azithromycin is used in CF treatment including how it differs from use in other infections, possible adverse effects, safety warnings, and where to find financial assistance.

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Inhaled Hypertonic Saline

Hypertonic saline is a promising treatment that can help thin secretions and reduce respiratory infections in people with cystic fibrosis. Learn what hypertonic saline is, how it works, who is using it and the potential benefits and side effects of hypertonic saline treatment.

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