What You Need to Know About Ofev

Ofev (nintedanib) is a drug used in the treatment of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). The anti-fibrotic therapy is made by the pharmaceutical company Boehringer Ingelheim and was approved by the FDA in October 2014 and by the European Commission in January 2015.

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Ofev slows down the progression of IPF by blocking tyrosine kinase enzymes which contribute to collagen growth. Slowing collagen growth leads to less fibrosis in the lungs and a longer life expectancy. Ofev has also been found to reduce the risk of serious flare-ups in IPF patients.

The drug is in capsule form and the recommended dose is 150mg tablets taken twice a day, ideally with food or before eating. Patients who cannot tolerate 300mg a day may be prescribed a lower dose.

Common side effects associated with Ofev include nausea, diarrhea, stomach pain, appetite loss, weight loss, high blood pressure and increased liver enzymes. Ofev is not advised for patients who suffer from moderate or severe liver problems. Those who have mild liver problems may be prescribed a lower dose of the drug and have their liver enzymes monitored. Find out more about Ofev here.

MORE: Boehringer Ingelheim enrolls the first PF-ILD patient in Phase 3 trial of Ofev therapy.

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One comment

  1. perry mcgee says:

    I have been on OFEV for 13 months now. during that time two ct scans show very little if any progress of the fibrosis.
    My doctor and myself are very pleased with this medication but there are several side effects that you must adjust to. But it is worth it.

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