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Pulmonary fibrosis and idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis is a progressive disease, which means that scarring in your lungs will inevitably get worse.

Living as well as you can

Pulmonary fibrosis is unpredictable. Some people deteriorate more quickly than others, who find that the scarring in their lungs gets worse very slowly over several years.

There are treatments and therapies to improve both the quality and length of life.

Drug treatments

Two anti-fibrotic drugs – pirfenidone and nintedanib – have been proven to slow the progression of scarring in some patients living with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. There are new anti-fibrotic drugs in the pipeline which will hopefully become available in the next few years.

Improving your quality of life

Oxygen therapy, exercise and a good diet can also have a positive impact both on breathlessness and quality of life.

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