What is Pirfenex (Pirfenidone) used for?
Pirfenex (Pirfenidone) prescribed to treat idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). This is a chronic condition affecting the lungs which causes hard fibrous tissue to form causing breathlessness, persistent coughing, reduced tolerance to exercise, and frequent lung infections. The medication helps by decreasing the production of substances which cause hard fibrous tissue to form to slow the progression of the disease. Your physician may also prescribe it to treat other unlisted conditions.
How should I use Pirfenex (Pirfenidone)?
Pirfenex (Pirfenidone) is normally administered once daily at a dosage of one tablet, but your particular instructions will be determined by your physician based on your health condition and the severity of your symptoms. Swallow these doses whole along with a large glass of water to aid absorption. They may be taken with or without food, but a snack or meal is recommended prior to use if you experience nausea. Never split, chew, or crush the tablets prior to use to avoid unintentionally destroying or altering the effects of their contents. Ask your pharmacist or physician any questions you have about using the medication to ensure the correct application.
What are the side effects of Pirfenex (Pirfenidone)?
Some patients using Pirfenex (Pirfenidone) have reported experiencing side effects including:
Immediately inform your physician about any symptoms that are persistent, intense, or worrying to you to make sure the correct adjustments are made to your treatment to prevent more problems from occurring. Emergency medical attention may also be required in more serious cases.
Pirfenex (Pirfenidone) should not be taken by patients who are already taking fluvoxamine.
Strictly follow all instructions provided to you by your physician or pharmacist while using Pirfenex (Pirfenidone). Optimum and safe dosage can differ based on the patient and the condition being treated.
As this medication may be unsafe for certain patients, it is essential you always inform your physician if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or ongoing health conditions, and if you are taking any other form of medication, supplements, or herbal products.
Immediately seek emergency medical care if you have any allergic or hypersensitive reaction. Common signs of a reaction include hives, swelling, skin rashes, chest pains, as well as trouble breathing or swallowing.