What is Esbriet used for?
Esbriet (Pirfenidone tablets) is a prescription drug used to treat a lung disease called idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). This Is a lung disease that causes scarring in the lungs. This causes them to grow stiff, making it harder to breathe. While this cannot cure the scarring it can help to slow the progress.
While the exact process is not entirely understood, it is thought that blocking the transforming growth factor-beta (TGF-beta) from acting is how the drug works. Scientists know that the molecule causes lung scarring.
The typical dose is one tablet, by mouth, three times a day. It helps to take the tablets with meals to prevent side effects such as nausea and dizziness. You may also begin on a low dose to prevent adverse events or side effects. Your doctor may increase the dose depending on the results of treatment.
You should follow your doctor’s instructions and take this consistently to get the best results. Do not take extra doses as this will not reduce scarring more effectively and can increase your risk of side effects. Advise your doctor if you do not see results or if your condition grows worse.
All orders from Sunshine Pharmacy are delivered in the manufacturer's packaging and include a medicine information sheet. We ask that you carefully read this information sheet and call us if you have any questions or do not understand the document.
Advise your doctor if you have a history of liver or kidney disease. You may be more sensitive to sunlight while taking this medication. You should avoid extended periods of direct sunlight, sunlamps and tanning beds without protective clothing. Call your doctor for medical advice if you experience blisters, sunburns or redness.
There are potential known drug interactions associated with Esbriet. You should disclose all of your current vitamins, supplements, OTC drugs, herbal products and all current prescription medicines. Our pharmacists will provide therapeutic screening for all orders against this supplied list.
Call your doctor or seek immediate medical attention if you experience an allergic reaction or drug interaction.
- umeclidinium / vilanterol
- Vitamin C
- Heparin Sodium
- Combivent Respimat
- Vitamin D3
- Metoprolol Succinate ER
We do not list all possible known side effects.You may experience a side effect that is not provided here. If you find that you are noticing severe side effects call your doctor or one of our pharmacists for counseling and medical advice.
Your doctor will normally balance the benefits of treatment versus any possible adverse reactions. Please call us and speak to the pharmacist if you have concerns about buying Esbriet online.
- heartburn or indigestion
- lack or loss of strength
- stuffy or runny nose
- unusual bleeding or bruising
- joint or muscle pain
- fever with or without chills
- Acid or sour stomach
- Cough or hoarseness
- body aches or pain
- painful or difficult urination
- change in taste
- lower back or side pain
- pain or tenderness around the eyes and cheekbones
- increased sensitivity of the skin to sunlight
- large, hive-like swelling on the face, eyelids, lips, tongue, throat, hands, legs, feet, or sex organs
- itching or skin rash
- ear congestion
- unusual tiredness or weakness
- redness or other discoloration of the skin
- weight loss
- loss of appetite
- severe sunburn
- sores, ulcers, or white spots on the lips or in the mouth
- trouble sleeping
- stomach discomfort, upset, or pain
- general feeling of tiredness or weakness
- sore throat
The generic equivalent of Esbriet is Pirfenidone tablets. It is much more affordable than the brand product.
Frequently Asked Questions About Esbriet
This medication is taken as long as the doctor recommends to manage your symptoms.
Stopping treatment early can cause your IPF symptoms to return. You should call your healthcare professional if you experience serious side effects.
You should not drink alcohol while taking prescription medication. It may interact with the drug or affect how it works. Small amounts may be acceptable but no more than 1 or two a day.
It is classified as an immunosuppressant. Your doctor may give you medical advice about whether or not there are risks involved in taking this drug.
It is possible you may tolerate one drug better than the other. If you have concerns or preferences for a specific drug, you should talk to your doctor to make an informed decision about your treatment options.
DISCLAIMER: The information provided here is intended as supplementary information to that provided by your doctor. The guidance provided by your doctor supersedes any information provided on the website. Do not avoid or disregard any counseling from your licensed medical professional based on this information. If you have any medical questions that are not answered here, we do offer counseling from a licensed pharmacist.