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Suggest Treatments For Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis

Hi,

I am from Bangalore, India. I am writing for my father, who has been diagonised of Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.

He has been given steriods of 20 mg tab twice a day.

Please advise if the medication given to him is correct or is there anything other king of treatment that can be given to such patients.

His age is 77 yrs and his weight is 50. His other organs are normal.

Mon, 30 Jun 2014
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Hello
Since diagnosis is established ( confirmed ) so I am writing the standard treatment & about idopathic pulmonary fibrosis .

The clinical course is variable , with a 5-year survival rate of 20 to 40 % after diagnosis .
The treatment options include glucocorticoids ( as your father is receiving , this is a right direction treatment ), cytotoxic agents ( e.g. azathioprine, cyclophosphamide) , and antifibrolytic agents (e.g. colchicine, pirfenidone, or interferon gamma-1b)alone or in conbination with glucocorticoids.

The medicine prescribed by your treating physician is right and if he want he can give other drugs also as mentioned above , because this is standard treatment based on books.
Good luck.
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Suggest Treatments For Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis

Hello Since diagnosis is established ( confirmed ) so I am writing the standard treatment & about idopathic pulmonary fibrosis . The clinical course is variable , with a 5-year survival rate of 20 to 40 % after diagnosis . The treatment options include glucocorticoids ( as your father is receiving , this is a right direction treatment ), cytotoxic agents ( e.g. azathioprine, cyclophosphamide) , and antifibrolytic agents (e.g. colchicine, pirfenidone, or interferon gamma-1b)alone or in conbination with glucocorticoids. The medicine prescribed by your treating physician is right and if he want he can give other drugs also as mentioned above , because this is standard treatment based on books. Good luck.