Pulmonary fibrosis

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What is Pulmonary fibrosis?

Pulmonary fibrosis is a chronic, progressive fibrosing interstitial pneumonia of unknown cause and results in the lungs becoming thick and stiff, or scarred, over time. PF may be caused by medications, exposures, or underlying diseases of the autoimmune system.

What is it like to have Pulmonary fibrosis?

Common symptoms How bad it is What people are taking for it
Tramadol, Acetaminophen (Paracetamol), Codeine-Acetaminophen
Non-invasive Ventilator, No Shot Sublingual B 12, B-6 & Folic Acid, Unable to work
Diphenhydramine, Melatonin, Trazodone
Citalopram, Venlafaxine, Mirtazapine
Alprazolam, Clonazepam, Lorazepam
Oxygen Concentrator, CT Scan Chest, Prednisone
Guaifenesin, No treatments, codeine-guaifensin syrup
Tiotropium Oral Inhalation, mometasone, No treatments
No treatments

What do patients take to treat Pulmonary fibrosis and its symptoms?

Treatments reported by members Perceived effectiveness Overall rating of side effects # of Evaluations

(Pulmison, Pronizon, Deltasone, Encorton)


(Pirespa, IPF Phase III CAPACITY 2 (pirfenidone), IPF Phase III ASCEND (pirfenidone), IPF Phase III CAPACITY 1 (pirfenidone))


(NOW N-acetylcysteine, Flumil, Jarrow Formulas N-A-C, Solal N-Acetyl-Cysteine)


(Imurek, Azasan, Imuran, Azapress)


These charts show data from PF patients’ latest treatment evaluations
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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Who has Pulmonary fibrosis on PatientsLikeMe?

  • 2,165 patients have this condition
  • 77 new patients joined this month
  • 2,044 say PF is their primary condition

Age Proportion # of patients
<20 5
20s 26
30s 37
40s 144
50s 362
60s 714
70+ 744


Distribution of females vs. males

47% Females
53% Males
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 8
20-29 years 9
30-39 years 22
40-49 years 68
50-59 years 155
60-69 years 137
70+ years 79

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 593
Not Diagnosed 31

These charts show data from PF patients who have completed their condition history
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