Esbriet (Pirfenidone) Customer Reviews


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Pirfenidone is utilized in the management of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, a condition characterized by unexplained scarring of the lungs. Belonging to the pyridone class of medications, pirfenidone functions by inhibiting the activity of a specific natural substance responsible for the development of fibrosis.

Uses and Dosage

Pirfenidone is available in capsule or tablet form for oral administration. Typically, it is recommended to be taken with food three times daily, maintaining a consistent schedule. Adhere to the instructions provided on your prescription label meticulously. In case of any uncertainties, seek clarification from your doctor or pharmacist.

Follow the prescribed dosage of pirfenidone precisely and refrain from adjusting the dose or frequency without medical guidance.

Initially, your doctor will initiate treatment with a low dosage of pirfenidone, which will be gradually increased over a period of two weeks.

If you encounter severe side effects, your doctor may consider reducing the dosage or discontinuing the treatment. Communicate any changes in your well-being to your doctor throughout the course of treatment.

Side Effects

Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention:

  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • diarrhea
  • heartburn
  • stomach pain
  • headache
  • dizziness
  • pressure or tenderness in the sinuses
  • difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep
  • joint pain
  • weight loss
  • decreased appetite

Inform your healthcare provider immediately if you experience any serious side effects:

  • rash
  • extreme tiredness
  • unusual bleeding or bruising
  • lack of energy
  • loss of appetite
  • pain in the upper right part of the stomach
  • yellowing of the skin or eyes
  • dark or brown (tea-colored) urine
  • flu-like symptoms
  • swelling of the face, throat, tongue, lips, eyes, hands, feet, ankles, or lower legs
  • hoarseness
  • difficulty swallowing or breathing


Prior to initiating pirfenidone treatment, inform your doctor or pharmacist about any known allergies, including allergies to pirfenidone itself or any other substances. This product may contain inactive ingredients that can potentially trigger allergic reactions or other complications.

Before using this medication, disclose your complete medical history to your doctor or pharmacist, particularly if you have a history of liver disease or kidney disease.

The use of this drug may cause dizziness. Consumption of alcohol or marijuana can intensify this effect. Refrain from engaging in activities that require alertness, such as driving or operating machinery, until you can do so safely.

This medication may heighten your sensitivity to sunlight. Reduce your exposure to the sun, avoid tanning booths and sunlamps, and make sure to apply sunscreen and wear protective clothing when outdoors. Promptly notify your doctor if you experience sunburn or notice skin blisters or redness.

During pregnancy, the use of this medication should only be considered when absolutely necessary. Discuss the potential risks and benefits with your doctor.

It is unknown whether this medication passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breastfeeding to assess the potential risks and benefits.

Form and Strength

Esbriet is available in the following forms and strengths:

  • pirfenidone tablet:

    • 200mg
    • 801mg


Is Esbriet a steroid?

Esbriet is not a steroid. It belongs to a completely different class of medications. Like steroids, it helps with lung inflammation, but it works very differently and causes different side effects.

How quickly does Esbriet work?

Esbriet doesn’t work very fast, and you’ll need to take it regularly and for a long period of time to get the best effect. It’s usually hard to tell if this medication is working, because it doesn’t make you breathe better. Instead, it helps slow down the scarring in your lungs so your breathing doesn’t get worse as quickly.



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200mg, 267mg, 801mg

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30, 84, 90, 100, 180, 300

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