Order of Therapies for Cystic Fibrosis
You or your child may have been prescribed several kinds of medicine. We will suggest ways for you to keep your airway clear as part of your care for Cystic Fibrosis. Some of your medicine may have been prescribed to open the airways, others loosen or thin secretions, and others help fight bacteria that are in the lungs. Using an exact order of treatment makes them most effective.
Take all of your medicine and airway clearance treatments in the following order. If you have not been prescribed a certain medicine you can skip that step. Please follow any specific orders you have been given from your doctor.
1. Bronchodilator (Albuterol)
2. Hypertonic Saline (Hyper-Sa™)
3. DNase (Pulmozyme®)
4. Airway clearance (Vest, Acapella, Flutter, Manual Chest Physiotherapy)
5. Asthma Controller Medications (Flovent®, Advair, Symbicort)
6. Aerosolized antibiotic (Cayston®, TOBI®, Colistin)
If you have any questions about the specific treatment plan for you or your child, please call the clinic:
Pediatric Pulmonary Clinic: 608-263-6420
The information provided should not be used during any medical emergency or for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. A licensed physician should be consulted for diagnosis and treatment of any and all medical conditions. Call 911 for all medical emergencies. Any duplication or distribution of the information contained herein is strictly prohibited.
Last Updated: 03/15/2012
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