24 Cystic Fibrosis Medications

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Mucolytics for Patients with Cystic Fibrosis

Mucolytics is a category of cystic fibrosis medications for the treatment of the disease designed to help thin the mucus in the lungs so that patients can cough and expel it more easily. It cuts up the DNA strands outside the cell that are responsuble for making CF mucus thick and sticky. These strands are formed in white blood cells and are able to fight lung infections. By getting the mucus out of the lungs, the damage caused by chronic lung infections is delayed. The class of mucolytic medications include:

5. Dornase alfa (Pulmozyme)

6. Hypertonic saline

Who doesn’t remember the British musical prodigy with cystic fibrosis who was the star of the Channel 4 “Cutting Edge” 2008 documentary “A Boy Called Alex”?

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