On October 15, 2014, the FDA approved Esbriet®(pirfenidone) for the treatment of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF).
IPF is a fatal disease caused by progressive scarring (fibrosis) of the lungs, which makes breathing difficult and prevents vital organs from receiving oxygen. Click here to learn more.
FDA Approves Esbriet® (pirfenidone) for the Treatment of Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF) in the United States
Before you take Esbriet, tell your doctor if you:
What are the possible side effects of Esbriet?
Esbriet may cause serious side effects, including:
Your doctor may change your dose or discontinue Esbriet if side effects do not go away.
The most common side effects of Esbriet include upper respiratory tract infections, feeling tired, headache, dizziness, loss of appetite, sinusitis, insomnia, or weight loss.
These are not all the possible side effects of Esbriet.
What should you avoid while taking Esbriet?
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or www.fda.gov/medwatch or to Genentech at 1-888-835-2555.
“This is a historic day for the people and their families in the United States who live with this deadly, incurable disease. With today’s approval of Esbriet in the United States, people with IPF finally have an FDA-approved medicine that may slow the worsening of the disease.”