Pirfenidone is used to treat mild to moderate forms of a certain lung disease called idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). This disease causes the lungs to get scarred and become stiff, making it hard to breathe. Pirfenidone may help slow down the worsening of your IPF.
Take this medication by mouth with food as directed by your doctor, usually 3 times a day. Taking pirfenidone with food helps to decrease dizziness and nausea. Also, to reduce your risk of side effects, your doctor may direct you to start this medication at a low dose and gradually increase your dose over 2 weeks. Follow your doctor's instructions carefully.
Tiredness, lack of energy, drowsiness, loss of appetite, weight loss, changes in taste, or tendency to sunburn easily may occur. Dizziness, nausea, upset stomach, vomiting, diarrhea, or heartburn may also occur but taking pirfenidone with food may lessen these side effects. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.
Before taking pirfenidone tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.
Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: liver disease, kidney disease (such as dialysis).
|Prescription/Non prescription||Non Prescription|
|Type Of Medicines||Allopathic|