Which medications in the drug class Corticosteroids are used in the treatment of Interstitial (Nonidiopathic) Pulmonary Fibrosis?

Updated: Sep 15, 2020
  • Author: Eleanor M Summerhill, MD, FACP, FCCP; Chief Editor: Zab Mosenifar, MD, FACP, FCCP  more...
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Corticosteroids

These agents have anti-inflammatory properties and cause profound and varied metabolic effects. In addition, corticosteroids modify body's immune response to diverse stimuli.

Prednisone (Rayos, Deltasone)

Used as immunosuppressant in treatment of autoimmune disorders. By reversing increased capillary permeability and suppressing PMN activity, may decrease inflammation. Oral corticosteroid with relatively less mineralocorticoid activity.

Best prescribed in consultation with a pulmonary disease specialist.

Prednisolone (FloPred, Millipred, Millipred DP, Prelone)

Elicits mild mineralocorticoid activity and moderate anti-inflammatory effects; controls or prevents inflammation by controlling rate of protein synthesis, suppressing migration of polymorphonuclear leukocytes (PMNs) and fibroblasts, reversing capillary permeability, and stabilizing lysosomes at cellular level


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