Review Study Does Not Recommend Adding Antibiotics to Standard IPF Care

Review Study Does Not Recommend Adding Antibiotics to Standard IPF Care

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Review Study Does Not Recommend Adding Antibiotics to Standard IPF Care

Adding co-trimoxazole or doxycycline — two broad-spectrum antibiotics — to standard care does not significantly slow lung function decline or prolong survival in people with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), a review study has found. This approach was instead associated with a higher risk of side effects, specifically gastrointestinal issues. While changes in lung bacteria were previously linked to IPF progression, these findings, based on data from four clinical trials, do not support the use of…

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