Pediatric Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis Medication

Updated: May 20, 2016
  • Author: Harold J Farber, MD, MSPH; Chief Editor: Girish D Sharma, MD, FCCP, FAAP  more...
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Medication

Medication Summary

Systemic corticosteroid therapy speeds resolution of symptoms but progression of pulmonary fibrosis and death can occur despite corticosteroid therapy. Corticosteroid therapy is not a substitute for identifying and eliminating the offending antigen.

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Corticosteroids

Class Summary

These agents decrease inflammation, suppress leukocyte migration, reverse increased capillary permeability, and dampen the immune system.

Prednisone (Deltasone, Sterapred)

Decreases inflammation by reversing increased capillary permeability and suppressing neutrophil activity. Must be metabolized to the active metabolite prednisolone for effect.

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