Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis
The more you know about idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), the more you’ll be able to participate in your own care. Knowing that you have support, understanding how IPF affects your lungs, and discovering what you can do can help you face the challenge of IPF. The more you learn about IPF now, the more prepared you’ll be inthe future.
Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis means "an unknown factor is causing the lungs to become scarred." IPF is a serious, progressive disease, which means it gets worse over time.
IPF is more common than we once thought, with up to 132,000 people affected in the United States. About 50,000 new cases are diagnosed each year. It is more common in men than women, and mostly affects people over 50 years of age.
As more people learn about IPF, more support groups and information that can help are becoming available. OPEN DOORS™ is a resource that specializes in providing personalized support and advice for people who have been prescribed OFEV® (nintedanib) capsules. At OPEN DOORS™ you can speak with a trained IPF nurse, receive information and brochures about IPF, and schedule an appointment with our Clinical Educators who are trained to teach patients and caregivers.
IPF is a difficult disease to diagnose. That is because IPF may present the same way as some heart or lung diseases. Like these other diseases, IPF also affects your lung function. For this reason, it may have taken doctors some time to diagnose you with IPF.