Unfortunately, there is currently no cure for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, and there is no proven medication therapy to treat it. Medical studies suggest a potential role for several therapies, listed below, but further study is needed.
Ongoing studies of other medications for IPF have shown initial promise but need more research.
Pulmonary rehabilitation — a structured exercise and educational program designed for patients with chronic lung disease — is important for patients with IPF. We will also pay careful attention to any other medical problems associated with IPF, such as gastroesophageal reflux disease and pulmonary hypertension. Lastly, lung transplant may be an effective treatment option for some patients.
Reviewed by health care specialists at UCSF Medical Center.