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)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
445
Treatment name(s)

(Ofev)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
125
Treatment name(s)

(Esbriet)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
87
Treatment name(s)
Type
Physical Therapy
How many have tried
33
Treatment name(s)

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

(GNC N-Acetyl Cysteine)
Type
Supplement
How many have tried
10
Treatment name(s)

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

(Albuterol Inhaler)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
7
Tried for
idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (4) cough (1)
2 more
Treatment name(s)
Type
Equipment
How many have tried
6
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
5
Tried for
anxious mood (4) depressed mood (2)

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)
Perceived effectiveness
for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (146 evaluations)
Side effects
dry nose nosebleeds (epistaxis) 20 more
Total evaluations
152
Treatment name(s)

(Ofev)
Perceived effectiveness
for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (119 evaluations)
Side effects
diarrhea nausea 44 more
Total evaluations
118
Treatment name(s)

(Esbriet)
Perceived effectiveness
for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (87 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea abdominal pain 49 more
Total evaluations
89
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (23 evaluations)
Side effects
chronic cough muscle pain 2 more
Total evaluations
24
Treatment name(s)

(Deltasone)
Perceived effectiveness
for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (11 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain blood sugar swings 10 more
Total evaluations
18
Treatment name(s)

(GNC N-Acetyl Cysteine)
Perceived effectiveness
for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (3 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
4
Treatment name(s)

(Imuran)
Perceived effectiveness
for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (2 evaluations)
Side effects
chest tightness decreased appetite 2 more
Total evaluations
8
Treatment name(s)

(Albuterol Inhaler)
Perceived effectiveness
for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (3 evaluations)
Side effects
high blood pressure (hypertension) migraine headaches 3 more
Total evaluations
5
Tried for
idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (4) cough (1)
2 more
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
for shortness of breath (dyspnea) (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
3
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
drowsiness vaginal dryness
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
anxious mood (4) depressed mood (2)
  • 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?

  • 8845 patients have this condition
  • 7 new patients joined this month
  • 7177 say PF is their primary condition

Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 9
20s 107
30s 291
40s 641
50s 1115
60s 1870
70+ 3801
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 18
20-29 years 28
30-39 years 65
40-49 years 181
50-59 years 397
60-69 years 449
70+ years 253

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 3488
Female 4503

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 2074
Not Diagnosed 144

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