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.

Common symptoms reported by people with pulmonary fibrosis

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 pulmonary fibrosis

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Homozon Oxygen Therapy)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1,096
Tried for
idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (1027) pulmonary fibrosis (70)
8 more
Treatment name(s)

(Esbriet)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
296
Treatment name(s)

(Ofev)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
170
Treatment name(s)
Type
Physical Therapy
How many have tried
98
Treatment name(s)

(GNC N-Acetyl Cysteine)
Type
Supplement
How many have tried
79
Treatment name(s)

(Deltasone)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
48
Treatment name(s)

(Imuran)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
29
Treatment name(s)

(VATS Lung Biopsy)
Type
Procedures
How many have tried
17
Treatment name(s)

(Albuterol Inhaler)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
16
Treatment name(s)

(CellCept)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
13

Data from patients with pulmonary fibrosis, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with pulmonary fibrosis

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Homozon Oxygen Therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (294 evaluations)
Side effects
dry nose nosebleeds 30 more
Total evaluations
305
Tried for
idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (1027) pulmonary fibrosis (70)
8 more
Treatment name(s)

(Esbriet)
Perceived effectiveness
for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (186 evaluations)
Side effects
sensitivity to sunlight decreased appetite 58 more
Total evaluations
191
Treatment name(s)

(Ofev)
Perceived effectiveness
for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (137 evaluations)
Side effects
diarrhea nausea 40 more
Total evaluations
137
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (43 evaluations)
Side effects
shortness of breath with exertion tiredness 10 more
Total evaluations
45
Treatment name(s)

(GNC N-Acetyl Cysteine)
Perceived effectiveness
for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (28 evaluations)
Side effects
heartburn hiccups (hiccoughs) when starting to eat/drink 1 more
Total evaluations
32
Treatment name(s)

(Deltasone)
Perceived effectiveness
for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (39 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain abdominal bloating 40 more
Total evaluations
56
Treatment name(s)

(Imuran)
Perceived effectiveness
for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (7 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain dry mouth 3 more
Total evaluations
14
Treatment name(s)

(VATS Lung Biopsy)
Perceived effectiveness
for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (6 evaluations)
Side effects
Hospitalization allergic reaction to patch adhesive 3 more
Total evaluations
8
Treatment name(s)

(Albuterol Inhaler)
Perceived effectiveness
for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (18 evaluations)
Side effects
high blood pressure (hypertension) migraine headaches 5 more
Total evaluations
22
Treatment name(s)

(CellCept)
Perceived effectiveness
for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (4 evaluations)
Side effects
bowel problems fatigue 4 more
Total evaluations
11
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

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

  • 7,751 patients have this condition
  • 85 new patients joined this month
  • 6,721 say PF is their primary condition

Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 8
20s 94
30s 252
40s 557
50s 1,041
60s 1,866
70+ 3,019
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 17
20-29 years 23
30-39 years 64
40-49 years 174
50-59 years 386
60-69 years 436
70+ years 238

Sex

Distribution of sex

54% Female
46% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 1,944
Not Diagnosed 116

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