My IPF is stable, do I still need to take medication?
IPF is a progressive disease, although it’s progression is unpredictable. Treatment is advisable to help slow down the progression of the disease.
What are the possible side effects of Esbriet?
There are some serious side effects associated with Esbriet including liver damage, sensitivity to UV rays, and stomach problems. Less serious side effects are experienced by around 10 percent of people which include nausea, vomiting, dizziness, stomach pain, loss of appetite, weight loss, diarrhea, indigestion, respiratory infections, GERD, sinusitis, joint pain, and sleeplessness.
How can I manage side effects?
Side effects such as UV sensitivity can be managed by reducing your time in the sun and wearing high-factor sunscreen and long clothing. Taking Esbriet with meals may reduce some of the stomach issues associated with the drug. Your doctor may also advise you to stagger the tablets throughout the meal or take them afterwards. If side effects persist, your doctor may reduce your dose.