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
636
Treatment name(s)

(Esbriet)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
218
Treatment name(s)

(Ofev)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
181
Treatment name(s)
Type
Physical Therapy
How many have tried
49
Treatment name(s)

(Deltasone)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
24
Treatment name(s)

(Imuran)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
12
Treatment name(s)

(GNC N-Acetyl Cysteine)
Type
Supplement
How many have tried
12
Treatment name(s)

(Albuterol Inhaler)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
10
Treatment name(s)
Type
Equipment
How many have tried
8
Treatment name(s)

(VATS Lung Biopsy)
Type
Procedures
How many have tried
7

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 (200 evaluations)
Side effects
dry nose dry mouth 24 more
Total evaluations
207
Treatment name(s)

(Esbriet)
Perceived effectiveness
for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (161 evaluations)
Side effects
sensitivity to sunlight decreased appetite 59 more
Total evaluations
165
Treatment name(s)

(Ofev)
Perceived effectiveness
for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (164 evaluations)
Side effects
diarrhea decreased appetite 45 more
Total evaluations
163
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (35 evaluations)
Side effects
chronic cough fatigue 4 more
Total evaluations
36
Treatment name(s)

(Deltasone)
Perceived effectiveness
for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (18 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain abdominal bloating 24 more
Total evaluations
33
Treatment name(s)

(Imuran)
Perceived effectiveness
for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (4 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain chest tightness 2 more
Total evaluations
10
Treatment name(s)

(GNC N-Acetyl Cysteine)
Perceived effectiveness
for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (4 evaluations)
Side effects
heartburn
Total evaluations
8
Treatment name(s)

(Albuterol Inhaler)
Perceived effectiveness
for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (12 evaluations)
Side effects
high blood pressure (hypertension) migraine headaches 4 more
Total evaluations
15
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
for shortness of breath (dyspnea) (2 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
3
Treatment name(s)

(VATS Lung Biopsy)
Perceived effectiveness
for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (3 evaluations)
Side effects
Hospitalization nerve pain (neuralgia) 1 more
Total evaluations
4
  • 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?

  • 8702 patients have this condition
  • 9 new patients joined this month
  • 7070 say PF is their primary condition

Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 10
20s 110
30s 300
40s 651
50s 1118
60s 1900
70+ 3626
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 18
20-29 years 28
30-39 years 66
40-49 years 181
50-59 years 396
60-69 years 450
70+ years 248

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 3442
Female 4428

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 2068
Not Diagnosed 143

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