How to Take
OFEV

Home Take OFEV How to Take OFEV

OFEV® (nintedanib) is the only twice-daily pill for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) that may help slow progression in 2 ways—by reducing the rate of lung function decline and reducing the risk of having an acute exacerbation.

Scroll down to learn more about how to get started taking OFEV, how it should be taken, and more.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION TO KNOW
WHEN PRESCRIBED OFEV

The most important information to know about OFEV is that OFEV can cause birth defects or death to an unborn baby. Women should not become pregnant while taking OFEV. Women who are able to become pregnant should have a pregnancy test before starting treatment with OFEV. Women who are able to become pregnant should use birth control during treatment and for at least 3 months after treatment. If you become pregnant while taking OFEV, tell your doctor right away.

Prior to taking OFEV, your doctor will schedule tests including a liver function test and a pregnancy test for females. Before you take OFEV, tell your doctor if you:

  • Have liver problems
  • Have heart problems
  • Have a history of blood clots
  • Have a bleeding problem or a family history of a bleeding problem
  • Have had recent surgery in your stomach (abdominal) area
  • Are a smoker
  • Have any other medical conditions
  • Are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. OFEV can harm your unborn baby. OFEV can cause birth defects or death to an unborn baby
  • Are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. It is not known if OFEV passes into your breast milk. You should not breastfeed while taking OFEV

Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take, including presciption and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements such as St. John's wort.

Keep a list of the medicines you take and show it to your doctor and pharmacist when you get a new medicine.

Taking
ofev

OFEV needs to be taken twice a day, about 12 hours apart, with food. For instance, you can take one capsule of OFEV in the morning and one in the evening.

OFEV Dosing
OFEV Doctor-Recommended Dose
  • Take OFEV exactly as your doctor tells you to take it
  • Your doctor will tell you how much OFEV to take and when to take it
Take OFEV with Food

Take OFEV with food. Swallow the OFEV capsules whole with a liquid

Don't Chew or Crush

Do not chew or crush OFEV capsules

Do Not Take Missed OFEV Dose

If you miss a dose of OFEV, take your next dose at your regular time. Do not take the missed dose

OFEV Daily Dosing Maximum

Do not take more than 300 mg of OFEV in 1 day

If You Take Too Much OFEV Call Your Doctor

If you take too much OFEV, call your doctor or go to the nearest hospital emergency room right away

If You Take Too Much OFEV Call Your Doctor

If you take too much OFEV, call your doctor or go to the nearest hospital emergency room right away

Quick Tip: Taking OFEV capsules when you have breakfast and dinner is a good way to remember to take it twice a day, 12 hours apart.

what to expect
with ofev

Remember that OFEV works to slow the decline in lung function only for as long as you take it.

That's why it's important to stay on OFEV for as long as your doctor recommends it is appropriate for you. Don't stop taking it because you think it isn't working—your doctor is in the best position to tell you if OFEV is working for you.

Keep track of your disease by documenting your lung function test results, including your FVC scores, along with any questions you may have. This will help you and your doctor follow your disease progression and determine if any changes should be made to your treatment plan.

Use this journal to keep track of your experience on OFEV.

download the patient journal

receiving ofev from a
specialty pharmacy

OFEV is available only through a Specialty Pharmacy, which is different from your neighborhood pharmacy in a few helpful ways. Specialty Pharmacies are familiar with rare diseases, like IPF, and the medicines used to treat them.

The process for filling your OFEV prescription is probably different from most prescriptions you've had before. Read about the steps below.

OFEV Prescription

The process for filling your OFEV prescription is probably different from most prescriptions you've had before. Read about the steps below.

OFEV Prescription

STEP 1

doctor selects your specialty pharmacy

OFEV Specialty Pharmacy

Doctor faxes your prescription and paperwork to a Specialty Pharmacy that works for you

STEP 2

the specialty pharmacy calls you

OFEV Specialty Pharmacy Calls You
  • They confirm the date, time, and delivery location for your first shipment of OFEV
  • Make sure you provide the best phone number where you can be reached
  • Make note of your Specialty Pharmacy's name and phone number so you can inform them of any changes to your address, phone number, or insurance plan
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important: answer a call to confirm your prescription

When the Specialty Pharmacy calls, your phone may show the call as "blocked" or "unknown." If you don't answer, they will leave a general message "about your presciption." Be sure to call them back.

If your Specialty Pharmacy cannot reach you after several attempts, your prescription will go on hold and may be cancelled.

STEP 3

your prescription is shipped directly to your door

OFEV Home Delivery

Make sure someone age 18 or over can sign for the delivery—your presciption cannot be left outside

OFEV Pharmacy Follow Up

Your Specialty Pharmacy will call you within several weeks after you start taking your OFEV to see how you're doing. They will ask questions, such as:

  • How are you doing with your medication?
  • How many pills do you have left?
  • Have you been taking your pills regularly?
  • Has your insurance information changed?
  • Do you need any additional assistance?

They will stay in regular touch with you to schedule refills and answer any other questions you may have.

Open Doors

learn more about your ofev prescription through specialty pharmacies

Open Doors

1-866-OPENDOOR
(1-866-673-6366)

1-866-OPENDOOR (1-866-673-6366)