PIRFENEX contain pirfenidone which belongs to a group of medicine called pyridones. It is used to treat mild to moderate Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis in adults. Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis is a condition where the tissues in the lungs become swollen and scarred which leads to breathing difficulty. This medicine helps to reduce scarring and swelling in the lungs, and helps you breathe better.
PIRFENEX makes your skin sun sensitive. So, wear protective clothing or apply sunscreen while in direct contact with sun. The most common side effects are difficulty sleeping, headache, dizziness, tiredness, loss of appetite, infections of the throat, weight loss. This medicine is strictly not recommended for use in children and adolescents under the age of 18 years.
Before taking this medicine tell your doctor if you have ever had kidney disease, heart disease, liver problems. Pregnant and breastfeeding women should consult their doctor before taking this medicine.
USES OF PIRFENEX:
Treat mild to moderate Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF)
HOW PIRFENEX WORKS:
PIRFENEX works by reducing fibrosis (scarring) and swelling in the lungs. This makes breathing easier.
DIRECTIONS FOR USE:
Always take PIRFENEX exactly as your doctor has told you. This medicine must be taken with or without food. Try to take this medicine at the same time each day. It should be swallowed whole with water. Do not crush or chew the medicine.
SIDE EFFECT OF PIRFENEX TALET:
Swelling of the face, lips and/or tongue, itching, hives, difficulty breathing or wheezing, or feeling faint(angioedema)
Yellowing of the eyes or skin or dark urine, skin itching (signs of abnormal liver function)
Skin reactions after going out in the sun or using sunlamps
Indigestion or stomach upset
Loss of appetite
Infections of the throat or the airways going into the lungs and/or sinusitis
Changes in taste
Shortness of breath
Increased levels of liver enzymes
Muscle pain, aching joints/joint pains
Decrease in white blood cells
HOW TO MANAGE SIDE EFFECTS:
Try taking this medicine with, or just after, a meal or snack and stick to simple meals and do not eat rich or spicy food.
Drink lot of fluids such as water or squash, to avoid dehydration. Do not take any other medicines without consult to a doctor.
Apply hot or cold-water bag on your head. Take rest in a quiet and dark room. Drink tea or coffee.
Get up and move around to feel awake, take small naps to edge off the sleepiness. Give your eyes a break to avoid fatigue and eat a healthy food to boost energy.
Drink fluids which helps thin the mucus in your throat. Suck on cough drops or hard candies.
Talk to your doctor if you are taking,
Antibiotics such as enoxacin, rifampicin, doxycycline, ciprofloxacin (used to treat infections)
Amiodarone, propafenone (used to treat heart disease)
Fluvoxamine (used to treat depression and obsessive-compulsive disorder)
Omeprazole (used to treat conditions such as indigestion, gastroesophageal reflux disease)
Drug : Pirfenidone
Pharmacological Category :
Anti-inflammatory Agent, Antifibrotic Agent
Therapeutic Indication : Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis
Dosage Forms : Tablet
Store at room temperature and keep out of reach of children.
Use of Tablet is not recommended with severe kidney disease and dialysis patients.
Use of Tablet is not recommended in patients with severe liver disease.
FAQs ABOUT PIRFENEX:
Q: Is tablet a steroid?
A: No, it is not a steroid.
Q: What are the benefits of tablet?
A: This medicine is used to treat idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) in adults. In Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis the tissues of the lungs get scarred and swell with time, which creates problem in breathing. This medicine helps reduce these effects to make you breathe better.
Q: What should I avoid while taking tablet?
A: You should restrict sun exposure, while taking this medicine. Wear sunblock daily and cover your arms, legs, and head to reduce exposure to sunlight. Along with that, avoid smoking as it decreases the effect of this medicine.