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
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Treatments taken by people with Pulmonary fibrosis

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Type
How many have tried
Tried for
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Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
691
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(Esbriet)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
220
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(GNC N-Acetyl Cysteine)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
99
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Type
Physical Therapy
How many have tried
77
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(Ofev)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
57
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(Deltasone)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
49
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(Imuran)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
37
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Treatment name(s)

(VATS Lung Biopsy)
Type
Procedures
How many have tried
14
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Treatment name(s)

(Prednisolone Ophthalmic)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
9
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Treatment name(s)

(Albuterol Inhaler)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
8
Tried for
Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (5) Fatigue (1)
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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

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Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
How many evaluations
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Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
for Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (96 evaluations)
Side effects
Runny nose (rhinorrhea) Dry nose 10 more
How many evaluations
97
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Treatment name(s)

(Esbriet)
Perceived effectiveness
for Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (95 evaluations)
Side effects
Decreased appetite Nausea 28 more
How many evaluations
98
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Treatment name(s)

(GNC N-Acetyl Cysteine)
Perceived effectiveness
for Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (22 evaluations)
Side effects
Hiccups (hiccoughs) when starting to eat/drink Nausea 1 more
How many evaluations
23
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Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
for Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (19 evaluations)
Side effects
Shortness of breath with exertion Breathing difficulty 2 more
How many evaluations
21
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(Ofev)
Perceived effectiveness
for Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (28 evaluations)
Side effects
Diarrhea Nausea 8 more
How many evaluations
28
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Treatment name(s)

(Deltasone)
Perceived effectiveness
for Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (14 evaluations)
Side effects
Weight gain Difficulty sleeping through night 37 more
How many evaluations
22
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Treatment name(s)

(Imuran)
Perceived effectiveness
for Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (17 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea and vomiting Abdominal bloating 12 more
How many evaluations
19
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Treatment name(s)

(VATS Lung Biopsy)
Perceived effectiveness
for Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (3 evaluations)
Side effects
Allergic reaction to patch adhesive Shortness of breath (dyspnea)
How many evaluations
3
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Treatment name(s)

(Prednisolone Ophthalmic)
Perceived effectiveness
for Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (3 evaluations)
Side effects
Chronic Hyperglycemia Elevated blood pressure 2 more
How many evaluations
5
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Treatment name(s)

(Albuterol Inhaler)
Perceived effectiveness
for Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (10 evaluations)
Side effects
None Trembling
How many evaluations
11
Tried for
Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (5) Fatigue (1)
2 more

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


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 6
20s 48
30s 71
40s 239
50s 637
60s 1,387
70+ 1,809

Sex

Distribution of sex

46% Female
54% Male
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 8
20-29 years 12
30-39 years 29
40-49 years 116
50-59 years 258
60-69 years 258
70+ years 155

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 1,164
Not Diagnosed 57

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