Ibuprofen and Cystic Fibrosis - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

11/30/07

Ibuprofen and Cystic Fibrosis

One of the most common over-the-counter drugs could delay the effects of cystic fibrosis in children, potentially adding years to their lives.

Researchers at Case Western Reserve have found that high doses of ibuprofen can slow the decline of lung functions by as much as 29% in children with cystic fibrosis. Patients with the genetic disorder have heavy amounts of mucus that clogs their lungs and eventually becomes fatal. 

After studying 1400 cystic fibrosis patients taking ibuprofen, they found that the benefits far outweigh the risks of side effects from the drug.

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