Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis Medication

Updated: Oct 08, 2020
  • Author: Caleb Hsieh, MD, MS; Chief Editor: John J Oppenheimer, MD  more...
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Medication Summary

Acute hypersensitivity pneumonitis (HP) abates with antigen avoidance and without specific therapy. Otherwise corticosteroids may speed recovery in patients with severe symptoms or significant lung dysfunction.



Class Summary

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

Prednisone (Sterapred)

Prednisone is prescribed for severe symptoms or significant lung dysfunction despite antigen avoidance. It is often used for chronic disease.