Interstitial lung disease

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What is interstitial lung disease?

Interstitial lung disease is the name for a large group of diseases that inflame or scar the lungs. The inflammation and scarring make it hard to get enough oxygen. The scarring is called pulmonary fibrosis. Some types of interstitial lung disease have no known cause.

Common symptoms reported by people with interstitial lung disease

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, fatigue, pain, and stress) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with interstitial lung disease

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
41
Tried for
interstitial lung disease (41)
Treatment name(s)

(Deltasone)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
27
Tried for
interstitial lung disease (27)
Treatment name(s)
Type
Physical Therapy
How many have tried
15
Tried for
interstitial lung disease (15)
Treatment name(s)

(CellCept)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
10
Tried for
interstitial lung disease (10)
Treatment name(s)

(Imuran)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
7
Treatment name(s)

(Albuterol Inhaler)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Treatment name(s)

(Cytoxan)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
depressed mood (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Plaquenil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Treatment name(s)

(Solu-Medrol Infusion)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3

Data from patients with interstitial lung disease, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with interstitial lung disease

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
for interstitial lung disease (22 evaluations)
Side effects
dry nose dry mouth 3 more
Total evaluations
28
Tried for
interstitial lung disease (41)
Treatment name(s)

(Deltasone)
Perceived effectiveness
for interstitial lung disease (16 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain insomnia 23 more
Total evaluations
19
Tried for
interstitial lung disease (27)
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
for interstitial lung disease (10 evaluations)
Side effects
fatigue muscle pain 1 more
Total evaluations
10
Tried for
interstitial lung disease (15)
Treatment name(s)

(CellCept)
Perceived effectiveness
for interstitial lung disease (5 evaluations)
Side effects
difficulty staying asleep fatigue 6 more
Total evaluations
10
Tried for
interstitial lung disease (10)
Treatment name(s)

(Imuran)
Perceived effectiveness
for interstitial lung disease (6 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased lung capacity feeling tense or on edge 5 more
Total evaluations
9
Treatment name(s)

(Albuterol Inhaler)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
shakiness
Total evaluations
1
Treatment name(s)

(Cytoxan)
Perceived effectiveness
for interstitial lung disease (5 evaluations)
Side effects
elevated liver enzymes fatigue 3 more
Total evaluations
5
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
depressed mood (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Plaquenil)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
stomach pain
Total evaluations
3
Treatment name(s)

(Solu-Medrol Infusion)
Perceived effectiveness
for interstitial lung disease (1 evaluation)
Side effects
rashes (redness, swelling) steroid-induced diabetes mellitus
Total evaluations
3
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with interstitial lung disease, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has interstitial lung disease on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 2
20s 9
30s 25
40s 82
50s 109
60s 148
70+ 107
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 6
20-29 years 7
30-39 years 25
40-49 years 45
50-59 years 46
60-69 years 27
70+ years 6

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 126
Female 359

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 231
Not Diagnosed 8

These charts show data from interstitial lung disease patients who have completed their condition history
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