How to take Esbriet
Taking your dose correctly, from the start and throughout treatment
When starting a new medicine or making a change in dosage, it can take time for your body to adjust. It’s important to find ways to make Esbriet® (pirfenidone) part of your daily routine.
- Before you start Esbriet, your doctor should do certain blood tests to check how your liver is working
- When you start Esbriet, your doctor will slowly increase the dose over 2 weeks. This continues until you reach the full daily dose. This will allow your body time to get used to the medicine. (Increasing or decreasing the dose is called titration)
- Your doctor may adjust your dose to help alleviate side effects. It is always important to follow your doctor's instructions.
Esbriet dosing schedule
Esbriet dosing is intended to allow your body to gradually adjust to the medicine.
Follow the dosing schedule your doctor gave you. The table below shows the recommended Esbriet dosing schedule for the 267 mg capsules or tablets.
- The recommended full daily dose of Esbriet is 3 pills (267 mg
each, yellow tablets or white capsules) taken 3 times every day
- There is another dosing option with fewer pills per day. Learn more here
- Doses should be taken at the same times each day
with food: in the morning, afternoon, and evening
- If you miss a dose of Esbriet, take it with food as soon as you remember
- Do not take 2 doses at the same time to make up for a missed dose
Do not take more than 3 doses in a day
- If you take too much Esbriet, call your doctor or go to the nearest hospital emergency room right away
- Taking Esbriet with or at the end of a meal may help reduce certain side effects
- If you experience side effects, talk with your healthcare provider, who may need to reduce your dose or ask you to stop taking Esbriet for a short time to help reduce side effects
You should always take Esbriet with food. Doing so may help reduce certain side effects including dizziness or nausea. Taking Esbriet with food decreases how quickly Esbriet is absorbed. It also decreases the drug level of Esbriet in the blood.
After you are doing well with the 9 pills (267 mg each, yellow tablets or white capsules) of Esbriet a day, you and your doctor may want to talk about moving to a 3-tablet-per-day option.
- Each brown tablet has the same amount of medicine as 3 of the
267 mg pills
- 1 brown tablet is taken 3 times a day with food
- After you are doing well on 9 pills per day, talk with your doctor about whether the 1 brown tablet, 3 times a day, option is right for you
Once you are doing well on 9 pills a day, ask your doctor if transitioning to 3 brown tablets is an option for you.
If you have questions about your Esbriet dose, talk to your doctor and see answers to frequently asked questions about Esbriet >
Always take Esbriet with food to reduce side effects like nausea
Taking Esbriet with food can slow how quickly it is absorbed by the gut. Talk with your doctor about what foods and how much you should eat with Esbriet.
How do I know if I’m having an appropriate meal?
If you are not sure you are eating appropriate meals with each dose of Esbriet, talk to your doctor. Your doctor may also recommend talking to a nutritionist about healthy diets for people with IPF.
Important notes about taking Esbriet
To make it easier to remember these points when taking Esbriet, you can write them down and keep them with your medicine.
- Take Esbriet exactly as your doctor tells you to take it
- Your doctor may change your dosage of Esbriet as needed
- Always take Esbriet with food to help reduce certain side effects
Other important things about your Esbriet treatment
- Once you begin taking Esbriet, you may not “feel” different, because Esbriet does not treat the symptoms of IPF and does not reverse the scarring in your lungs
- IPF worsens at different rates in different people. With or without Esbriet, lung function may continue to decline. Remember, the goal is to slow the decline. Your doctor will conduct lung function tests to measure how IPF is affecting your lungs over time
*The nurse support line does not offer medical advice. If you have questions about your health or treatment, you are encouraged to contact your healthcare provider.