Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Promising New Medication

Nick started a new medication called Cayston last week and was impressed with how it made him feel, he said he could really tell a difference.... "A GOOD" difference!! It also takes a lot less time to take then other breathing medications he is on. When you take so many and you can replace a 20 minute med for Cayston that takes under 5 that is great. That is the first time in a long time that he has been encouraged with medications.

What is Cayston®?

Cayston is a new inhaled antibiotic for the treatment of cystic fibrosis. It is the first new inhaled antibiotic developed for CF in more than a decade.It’s used to improve respiratory symptoms in people with CF who have Pseudomonas aeruginosa.Cayston is inhaled using a new device called the Altera® Nebulizer System. Using this system, the medicine is nebulized in less than five minutes.

What is Pseudomonas Aeruginosa?

About 60% of people with cystic fibrosis have a chronic respiratory infection caused by a bacteria called Pseudomonas aeruginosa that settles into the thick mucus trapped in the airways. Once it sets up house in the respiratory tract, Pseudomonas aeruginosa is hard to get rid of. Respiratory failure caused by the infection is often the ultimate cause of death in many people with CF.

How is Pseudomonas Aeruginosa Treated?

Years ago, chronic Pseudomonas aeruginosa infection in people with CF was treated rather unsuccessfully with oral antibiotics or inhaled injectable formulations of antibiotics. In the late 1990s an inhaled form of the antibiotic tobramycin, or TOBI®, was developed specifically for the treatment of chronic respiratory Pseudomonas aeruginosa infections. TOBI® is now the standard treatment for this infection, and is a commonly prescribed medication in people with cystic fibrosis.

Nick was taking TOBI and I think still does a long with several others.

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1 comment:

  1. I'm glad to hear that progress is being made with medication. This one sounds very promising.