Connective Tissue Disease-Associated ILD
CT-ILD is treated with anti-inflammatory or immunosuppressive medications. You may recognize some or all of these medications if they were prescribed to you for your connective tissue disease.
The most common medications used to treat CT-ILD are:
Pulmonary rehabilitation is another important and effective treatment for patients with CT-ILD. Pulmonary rehabilitation is an exercise and education program designed for patients with chronic lung disease.
For patients with worsening symptoms that don't respond to medication, lung transplantation may be an option.
UCSF Health medical specialists have reviewed this information. It is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace the advice of your doctor or other health care provider. We encourage you to discuss any questions or concerns you may have with your provider.
Cyclophosphamide is part of a class of drugs called immunosuppressants that suppress the immune response and reduces inflammation in the lungs. Learn more.
Commonly asked questions regarding Methotrexate including, recommendation, precautions, possible side effects, suggested monitoring and more.
Commonly asked questions regarding Mycophenolate including recommendation, precautions, possible side effects, suggested monitoring and more.
Commonly asked questions regarding Prednisone including, the reason for recommendation, special precautions, possible side effects, monitoring, and more.
GERD in ILD Patients
Many studies have shown a link between GERD & lung disease, including interstitial lung disease (ILD). The reason for this relationship is unclear. Learn more.
ILD Nutrition Manual
Nutrition Manual for Interstitial Lung Disease including, General Guidelines for Eating Healthy, Body Mass Index, Increasing Protein in Your Diet and more.
Patients living with interstitial lung disease (ILD) will find numerous resources listed here, offering information and support.
Pulmonary Hypertension and Interstitial Lung Disease
Pulmonary hypertension, or PH, occurs when blood pressure in the lungs becomes elevated, and can be caused by a thickening of the pulmonary artery walls.
Pulmonary Rehabilitation for ILD Patients
Pulmonary rehabilitation is a comprehensive program for lung disease patients whose symptoms are impacting their everyday activities. Learn more here.
Find Supplemental Oxygen Resources including, The Need for Supplemental Oxygen, Your Oxygen Equipment, Oxygen Safety, Traveling With Oxygen, and more.
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