Ofev: Symptom Relief for Chronic Lung Disease

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  • Ofev is a prescription medication that may help with breathing symptoms caused by scarring in the lungs. Find out more about this medication and whether Medicare covers it.

Ofev is the brand name for the medication nintedanib. Healthcare providers prescribe this drug as a twice-daily 100 or 150 mg oral capsule to treat chronic lung diseases such as pulmonary fibrosis.

Why Do Doctors Prescribe Ofev?

Ofev prevents the production of fibrous cells in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, a chronic condition that results in lung scarring with no known cause, and another lung scarring condition called interstitial lung disease. While these diseases have no cure, Ofev can help control their symptoms. Over time, the scarring makes it more difficult to breathe, leading to shortness of breath and fatigue. This medication is a tyrosine kinase inhibitor, a type of drug that keeps scar tissue from forming. 

What Are the Side Effects of Ofev?

If you take this prescription medication, you may experience appetite changes, weight loss, stomach issues, diarrhea and headache. You can reduce these side effects by taking the medication with water and a meal. Do not stop taking Ofev without consulting your healthcare provider. 

You may experience excessive bleeding with minor injuries while taking this medication, so you should be careful about your activities. Seek immediate medical attention if you notice any signs of abnormal bleeding or bruising, including nosebleeds, bleeding gums or blood in the stool, urine or vomit. 

Ofev may cause hypertension or high blood pressure. You should get emergency care if you notice dizziness, sudden intense headache, vision changes or passing out while taking this medication. Another possible side effect, liver issues, causes the eyes and skin to appear yellow. This symptom also requires medical attention.

Does Medicare Cover Ofev?

Your Medicare plan may provide coverage for Ofev if you have a Medicare Advantage or Part D plan. Your Medicare plan includes a formulary, which is a list of covered drugs. You can consult this document to see what medications your insurance covers and how much you have to pay. You must usually meet your out-of-pocket deductible before Medicare pays for treatments and medications.

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