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Cystic Fibrosis Treatment: Preventing & Treating Lung Infections

Tue, 12/22/2015 - 16:16 -- IV Solutions

Tips for Preventing Lung Infections

There are now many methods of cystic fibrosis treatment for opportunistic infections in the lungs. Although most people with cystic fibrosis can expect to receive treatment for chronic bacterial infections, the best approach is always prevention.

  • Wash hands frequently
  • Keep the household clean and disinfected
  • Avoid moist areas
  • Don’t handle unfamiliar pets
  • Stay at least 6 feet away from any person who may be ill
  • Strictly adhere to treatments and therapies
  • Avoid physical contact with other people who have cystic fibrosis (to prevent cross infections)
  • Keep a regular exercise regime to promote healthy cardiovascular and respiratory function

Cystic Fibrosis Lung Treatment

Each individual person has unique cystic fibrosis treatment needs. The only effective method of selecting an antibiotic therapy that is right for your child is by consulting a doctor. We have listed three cystic fibrosis drugs below to help familiarize you with the types of medications involved in treating bacterial infections in the lungs. They are all offered by IV Solutions to help those who need cystic fibrosis treatment.

Antibiotics:

Ciprofloxacin is an incredibly effective antibiotic for treating lung infection. The body readily absorbs it and attacks the chemicals that bacteria need to multiply. It can be administered in pill form or directly into the blood through an IV catheter.

Tobramycin is another common antibiotic for lung infections. It works by damaging the walls of a bacterial cell to prevent it from carrying out the reproductive process. This medication is delivered using a nebulizer and inhaled to directly deliver it to the airways. CF patients who use tobramycin often breathe easier and need fewer intravenous antibiotic treatments.

Cayston was specifically designed to treat the opportunistic respiratory infections associated with cystic fibrosis. It is an antibiotic that clings to bacteria and destroys it. Doctors usually prescribe Cayston to be taken for a 28 day cycle followed by a 28-day break. Cayston is taken with a special inhaler. Cayston is not appropriate for children under 7.

Disclaimer: Above are some prescriptions that may be taken to improve lung function and fight off infections. It does not include all the medications available. We are not giving you medical advice. Please consult your doctor for further information and prescriptions.

Airway Clearing Medications

Pulmozyme is a mucolytic that removes genetic information that causes mucus to be excessively thick and sticky. This enables the body to clear the mucus build up from the airways.

Acetylcysteine is also a mucolytic that is administered by inhalation rather than orally. It works by splitting disulfide bonds that link proteins in the mucus, making it easier to expectorate.

NOTE: Acetylcysteine is not approved to treat CF, but is prescribed for its off-label benefits.

Lung Transplants & Cystic Fibrosis

Improvements in lung transplants have been integral for cystic fibrosis treatment in many people with a drastic decline in lung function. Because lung donors do not have cystic fibrosis, their lungs will be free of the symptoms associated with CF.Lung transplants come with their own set of complications. A great deal of people with cystic fibrosis don’t require this procedure. But for the people with severe respiratory complications, a bilateral lung transplant can change their life.


Do you have questions about CF Treatment Options?

If you have any questions regarding CF treatment options, IV Solutions has on-call pharmacists, provides 24-7 patient support, and reimbursement assistance. For more information, Call 1-800-658-6046.

In the fight against Cystic Fibrosis, you’re NEVER ALONE with IV Solutions. We are always here to support you with personalized instruction, proactive refill reminders, on-going care coordination, 1 on 1 counseling, and clinical intervention.

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Pseudomonas aeruginosa & Cystic Fibrosis

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REFERENCES:

Drugs and Supplements Ciprofloxacin. Mayo Clinic. Sept. 1, 2015. Accessed Sept 9, 2015

TOBIⓇ Cystic Fibrosis. IV Solutions. June 30, 2015. Accessed Sept 9, 2015

CaystonⓇ(Aztreonam Inhalant). IV Solutions. March 7, 2015. Accessed Sept 9, 2015

Mucolytics. Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. July 21. 2015. Accessed Sept 9, 2015

Cystic Fibrosis and the Respiratory System. Stanford Children’s Health. July 14, 2013. Accessed Sept 10, 2015

How Cystic Fibrosis Affects Breathing and the Lungs. WebMD. Sept 9, 2014