Generic Name: alvimopan, Oral capsule

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Highlights for alvimopan

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ALVIMOPAN (AL vi MOE pan) is used to help the gut function after having gut surgery.
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Talk to your healthcare provider if you have any of these conditions.
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Know what to watch for and get tips for reducing your risks while taking this drug.
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alvimopan Side Effects

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Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:

  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
  • chest pain or chest tightness
  • breathing difficulties
  • dizziness
  • unusually weak or tired

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • back pain
  • constipation
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alvimopan May Interact with Other Medications

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  • amiodarone
  • bepridil
  • cyclosporine
  • diltiazem
  • itraconazole
  • narcotic medicines for pain
  • quinidine
  • quinine
  • spironolactone
  • verapamil
Disclaimer: Our goal is to provide you with the most relevant and current information. However, because drugs interact differently in each person, we cannot guarantee that this information includes all possible interactions. This information is not a substitute for medical advice. Always speak with your healthcare provider about possible interactions with all prescription drugs, vitamins, herbs and supplements, and over-the-counter drugs that you are taking.
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How to Use alvimopan

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Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. It will only be given to you by a health care professional while you are in the hospital.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:

  • heart disease
  • kidney disease
  • liver disease
  • taking pain medications (e.g., codeine, morphine)
  • undergoing surgery for stomach or intestinal blockage
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to alvimopan, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast-feeding
What if I miss a dose?

It is important not to miss your dose. Talk to your doctor or health care professional if you miss a dose.

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Your condition will be monitored carefully while you are receiving this medicine.

Where should I keep my medicine?

This does not apply.

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