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Your doctor may suggest that you make some lifestyle changes that could help you in managing life with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF).

Below are a few examples of what he or she could suggest.


Helpful Lifestyle Changes: Quit Smoking

Quit Smoking

Smoking was associated with decreased exposure to OFEV, which may impact OFEV’s efficacy. By quitting smoking, you may also reduce the risk of certain illnesses like heart disease and cancer

Helpful Lifestyle Changes: Get Plenty of Rest

Get Plenty of Rest

A nap during the day may make a big difference in how you feel

Helpful Lifestyle Changes: Relaxation Techniques

Practice Relaxation Techniques

Many people find yoga and meditation helpful with managing IPF

Helpful Lifestyle Changes: Join a Support Group

Join a Support Group

Talking with others who have similar experiences as you can help to reduce anxiety and bring comfort

Keep a Record of How You're Feeling: It can be hard to remember how you feel from one day to another. You may want to write down all your experiences, including any side effects, in a journal.

“Life is full of challenges, some more difficult than others. But what really makes a difference is your attitude when you encounter them. You have to build yourself up to stay positive because your positivity will spread to your loved one.”

Elfie, OFEV Mentor, Husband of Someone with IPF

Elfie, OFEV Mentor, Husband of Someone with IPF

Elfie, OFEV Mentor, Husband of Someone with IPF

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If you’re experiencing side effects like diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting as a result of your medication, it may help to eat certain foods that are easy on your stomach, and avoid others that can make your symptoms worse. Here are a few helpful do's and don'ts:

Meals and Snacks

Types of Meals
  • Broiled or baked (not fried) chicken without the skin
  • Clear chicken, beef, or vegetable broth
  • Farina or oatmeal
  • White rice
  • White toast, crackers, or pretzels
  • Peeled potatoes, boiled

Fruits and Sweets

Eat Healthy
  • Bananas or canned fruit such as applesauce, peaches, or pears
  • Gelatin (Jell-O®)

Fluids to Prevent Dehydration

Drink Fluids
  • Water or sports drinks with electrolytes
  • Clear soda such as ginger ale
  • Cranberry or grape juice
  • Decaffeinated tea
Foods to Avoid
  • Spicy foods
  • High-fiber foods
  • Fried or greasy foods
  • Alcohol or caffeine
  • Sugar-free candy made with sugar alcohols such as xylitol
  • Milk or milk products
  • Salty or sweet food

Quick Tip: Keep in mind—a full stomach may make it harder to breathe, so eat smaller, more frequent meals.