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Cystic Fibrosis Symptoms & Complications

Wed, 12/30/2015 - 11:30 -- IV Solutions

For patients and their caregivers, a step toward managing cystic fibrosis is understanding the symptoms.

At IV Solutions, we’re here to help you sort through the basic cystic fibrosis symptoms in a few short minutes.

In-depth articles are also available on each topic when you’re ready to learn more.


What is Cystic Fibrosis

Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a genetic disease. When a person has CF, their body produces thickermucus. This mucus builds up and blocks the pathways inside the body, causing organ problems.

Cystic Fibrosis and Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)

Tue, 12/29/2015 - 15:55 -- IV Solutions

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), also called acid reflux disease, is caused by stomach acid rising up out of the stomach and damaging the lining of the throat. Left untreated, this damage can cause serious throat problems likes sores and scarring. 

GERD is common in people without cystic fibrosis, but is even more common in people with CF. In 2012, 30.5% of people with CF reported having problems with GERD.

GERD is more common for people with CF for several reasons:

Cystic Fibrosis and Digestive System Symptoms

Mon, 12/28/2015 - 15:24 -- IV Solutions

Cystic fibrosis is a genetic disease that affects the way the body produces sweat, digestive fluids, and mucus. The main symptoms of CF are problems with the lungs, sweat glands, and digestive system. Today we will focus on the digestive system.

In the digestive system, cystic fibrosis causes a number of problems, such as malnutrition, bowel obstruction, greasy stools, and liver disease. Other issues can develop, like gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and cystic fibrosis-related diabetes (CFRD).

2015 Change in Cayston Pharmacy Distribution Network

Mon, 12/28/2015 - 14:13 -- IV Solutions

AN OPTION FOR CYSTIC FIBROSIS PATIENTS AFFECTED BY CHANGE IN LIMITED DISTRIBUTION NETWORK FOR CAYSTON MEDICATION

Lubbock, Texas – May 4, 2015 – Gilead Sciences, Inc. and Cystic Fibrosis Services, Inc. (CFS) mutually agreed that CFS will transition out of the pharmacy network for Cayston®distribution. Beginning January 1, 2015, this change will start the shift of patients to one of the other U.S. specialty pharmacies that provide Cayston®.

TOBI VS Cayston Pseudomonas aeruginosa treatments

Mon, 12/28/2015 - 14:00 -- IV Solutions

TOBI and Cayston are antibiotics used to treat infection in people with cystic fibrosis. Because these important medications are so similar, we’ll take a look at what they are and how they’re different. Speak with your doctor about which one is right for you and your specific needs. Some people alternate between using TOBI and Cayston so the bacteria does not develop immunity to treatment.

Cystic Fibrosis Medications & Treatments

Wed, 12/23/2015 - 14:58 -- IV Solutions

Though there is still no comprehensive cure for cystic fibrosis, the treatment and management options have drastically improved the prognosis for people with cystic fibrosis, enabling them to lead long and full lives. CF principally affects the secretions in the body, thus affecting many different organs with mucus buildup. It is of the utmost importance that people with cystic fibrosis maintain a strict medication and treatment schedule to increase longevity.

Cystic Fibrosis Pharmacy

Tue, 12/22/2015 - 14:30 -- IV Solutions

Cystic fibrosis requires a complex treatment process that involves multiple medications. Many of the medications used to treat cystic fibrosis are specialty medicines with limited distribution. This means that only certain providers have permission to dispense these drugs and it can be difficult to find a provider that offers a comprehensive list of cystic fibrosis medications.

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