We can face our IPF—here’s how

Discover some of the ways to manage IPF

There are several different programs, tools, and medicines to help manage idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). Here are a few of the most common ones that your doctor may recommend.

Pulmonary rehabilitation programs

Pulmonary rehabilitation is a combination of monitored exercise and education that can be very helpful for people with chronic lung diseases such as IPF. Your doctor may refer you to a program if you are eligible. Pulmonary rehabilitation teaches you ways to better manage life with IPF by providing you with breathing techniques, nutritional counseling, and emotional support.

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Therapies for treating IPF

The FDA has approved prescription medications for people with IPF. These medicines don’t treat IPF symptoms. Instead, they work to keep IPF from progressing as quickly. IPF is a progressive lung disease, which means it continues to get worse over time. 

Other medications

As mentioned above, there are treatment options designed to manage the progression of IPF. There are also other, separate medications that can help manage IPF symptoms and other conditions that are associated with IPF. For example, your doctor may prescribe prescription or over-the-counter medications for things like gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), pulmonary hypertension, sleeping disorders, or other conditions. Discuss all medications and treatment options with your doctor to determine an IPF management plan that is right for you.

Supplemental oxygen therapy

Supplemental oxygen therapy may help patients with IPF who have hypoxemia (not enough oxygen in the blood). Your doctor can prescribe supplemental oxygen if it is appropriate for you.

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