Have pulmonary fibrosis, CHP, DLCO, respiratory infection, congestion. Taken steroids. Help?
I have pulmonary fibrosis, CHP, not on oxygen yet but DLCO 46%. I've been stable but just got a respiratory infection for which I was put back on a short course dose of steroids and extra antibiotics. The steroids keep me awake all night as they did before. Can I take benadryl to help clear up my congestion and help sleep or does is suppress breathing too much? Thanks!
Hello, Self medication is very dangerous. Respiratory depression is very dangerous , so consult treating physician and if he allow than use the medicine. D L C O is just 46 % ,so don't take any respiratory suppressant drugs. Good luck. Dr. HET
Answered: Sat, 6 Jul 2013
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