There are a few ways to treat scleroderma-related interstitial lung disease (ILD). Mostly it’s using medications that suppress your immune system, including:

  • Mycophenolate mofetil (brand name CellCept)
  • Mycophenolic acid (brand name Myfortic)
  • Cyclophosphamide (brand names Cytoxan and Neosar)
  • Rituximab (brand names Riabni, Rituxan, Ruxience, and Truxima)
  • Tocilizumab (brand names Actemra and Tofidence)
  • Nintedanib (brand name Ofev)

The medications listed above can help with how scleroderma is affecting your lungs. You might also take other medicines not listed here to help with your scleroderma.

There are pros and cons to all of these medications. Depending on your overall health and how your scleroderma is affecting you, it might be better for you not to take any of them. Whether you take medication, how much to take, and for how long differs from person to person. Talk to your doctor about what treatment is right for you.

Besides medication, there are some other things that can help you feel better. If it’s hard for you to breathe even when you’re sitting still, you can talk to your doctor about if you qualify to use supplemental oxygen. You can also ask your doctor about special rehab to help you build up the strength in your lungs and muscles that help you breathe.


Immune suppressing meds, can help stop your scleroderma-ILD spread.