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How do medications treat restrictive lung disease?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Most forms of restrictive lung disease cannot be cured - the damage to lung tissue is permanent - so medications are focused on symptom relief and on ensuring that more damage doesn't occur. Corticosteroids are a powerful anti-inflammatory medication that is sometimes used, though it can have negative side effects in time. Cough-suppressing medications may help, and anti-oxidation medications may help stop scarring. More medication options are currently being studied in clinical trials.

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