Preserving your lung function is essential—and Esbriet may help
Although lung function (how well the lungs work) cannot be restored, treatment may help maintain more of your lung function and slow the progression of disease.
Esbriet may help preserve more of your lung function
At the end of a 1-year clinical study of people with IPF, more people who took Esbriet had stable lung function, compared with people who did not take Esbriet.
With Esbriet, 23% of people had stable lung function
Without Esbriet, 10% of people had stable lung function
One of the two 72-week trials also showed that more patients taking Esbriet had no decline in lung function, compared with patients who did not take Esbriet. The other 72-week trial did not show a significant difference between patients who took Esbriet and those who did not.
What are the possible side effects of Esbriet?
Some people may have serious side effects when taking Esbriet, including liver problems, sensitivity to sunlight (including sunlamps), or stomach problems. Other reported side effects that occurred in 10% or more of people treated with Esbriet in clinical studies included feeling tired, headache, dizziness, and a decreased or loss of appetite. In the clinical studies for Esbriet, some side effects occurred soon after starting treatment, but decreased over time.
These are not all of the side effects reported with Esbriet. See Important Safety Information below to learn more about possible side effects of Esbriet.
How to manage and prevent certain side effects
Be sure to discuss any side effects and how to manage them with your doctor. Here are some important ways to help manage and prevent specific side effects.
Nausea and dizziness
Always take Esbriet with food. Taking Esbriet during your meals may reduce nausea and dizziness.
Preventing skin rash and sun sensitivity
Always use a broad-spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with SPF 50 or higher when outside. Reapply often throughout the day.
Protect your face by wearing a hat. Wear clothing that covers your skin, including your arms and legs.
Learn more about treating IPF with Esbriet