Medication for Bronchiectasis

The following are commonly used medications for the management of Bronchiectasis:

Common medications
Metered dose inhaler Bronchodilators: Short acting, long acting or in combination. These can be given via an inhaler or nebuliser.
Bronchiectasis antibiotics Antibiotics: Can be given for infections or in some cases as a preventative medication. Can also be given intravenously or through a nebuliser for long term use.
Tablets Macrolides: A type of antibiotic which has antibacterial and anti inflammatory effects, can be used at low doses long term to reduce infections.
Tablets bubblepack Mucolytics: Tablets which may reduce the thickness and stickiness of the sputum so it is easier to cough up and may reduce infection frequency.
Metered dose inhaler Corticosteroids: Inhaled or oral, usually only given if another condition co-exists and for treatment of that condition e.g. asthma or COPD.
Vaccine syringe Vaccinations: Annual flu vaccination and one off pneumococcal vaccine.
Person using nebuliser Saline: Normal (0.9% concentration) or hypertonic (3, 6 or 7% concentration) nebulised to hydrate the airways to improve mucus clearance and assist with airway clearance techniques.
Oxygen nose piece Oxygen therapy: Only indicated for some patients after specialist evaluation.

More detailed information about these and other medication for all lung conditions can be found in the medication section.