Leila Cruikshank

The mucus busters--mucolytics!

Thick and sticky lung secretions or mucous (also called sputum) builds up and blocks the airways of people with CF. Drugs that either break up particles in the mucus or help make the mucous thinner are called mucolytics. Along with daily chest physiotherapy, they are used to help you cough up sputum and secretions more effectively.

Although there are many different types of mucolytics, the most effective and commonly used ones are Pulmozyme® and hypertonic saline. It is important to remember that although they both help with mucus clearance, they work in different ways. There are patients who may be on both of these medications at the same time.

To learn more about these medications, click here: Pulmozyme®, hypertonic saline.