Pirfenex (Pirfenidone) is an anti-fibrotic medicine used for the treatment of the lung disease IPF (idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis). It works by decreasing fibroblast growth and decelerating disease progression.
How to use Pirfenex
Pirfenex (Pirfenidone) is an anti-fibrotic medicine used for the treatment of the lung disease IPF (idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis). It works by decreasing fibroblast growth and decelerating disease progression. IPF is a progressive disease whereby the formation of scar tissue occurs in the lungs. This scar tissue gets thicker as the disease progresses, which brings about stiff lungs. As a result, lung function is reduced and it is more difficult for oxygen to get from the lungs to the blood and vital organs. Breathing difficulties could also occur. This medicine may affect TGF (transforming growth factor) and TNF (tumor necrosis factor) production, which can result in reduced inflammation and disruption of fibrosis. Pirfenex will not cure the condition but will slow down the progress of the disease.
Pirfenex (Pirfenidone) comes in 200mg strength tablets for oral administration. Patients are often advised to take the medicine with food, to reduce the occurrence of vertigo or sickness. Physicians may direct patients to take the medication thrice daily. Changes to the dosage may, however, be ordered by the physician mostly within the first two weeks of treatment. Regular medical check-ups will be needed to enable your physician monitor the progress of the treatment. Be sure not to miss a scheduled check-up.
Pirfenex Side Effects
The possible side effects of Pirfenex (Pirfenidone) includes:
Vertigo and headaches
Soreness in the joints
Skin becoming sensitive to sunburn.
Contact your physician immediately or go to a hospital if you experience continued vomiting, dark urine, persistent stomach pain, burning sensation in the throat or any other serious side effects which have not been mentioned.
Pirfenex (Pirfenidone) could precipitate elevated liver enzymes, which could lead to liver problems. A temporary decrease in dosage may be ordered by your physician when this occurs.
Photosensitivity of the skin has been known to occur in patients taking this drug. protect your skin from unnecessary exposure to the sun. Also, avoid tanning lamps.