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Iloprost Inhalation vapour, solution
Generic Name: iloprost
Brand Names: Ventavis
What is this medicine?ILOPROST (il O prohst) is used to treat pulmonary arterial hypertension. This is a serious heart and lung condition. This medicine helps to improve symptoms and quality of life.
What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
- low blood pressure
- an unusual or allergic reaction to Iloprost, medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
- pregnant or trying to get pregnant
How should I use this medicine?This medicine is for use in the Prodose AAD or I-neb AAD nebulizer only. Nebulizers make a liquid into an aerosol that you breathe in through your mouth or your mouth and nose into your lungs. Follow the directions on your prescription label. You will be taught how to use your nebulizer. Do not take your medicine more often than directed.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.
What if I miss a dose?If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, use only that dose. Do not use double or extra doses.
What may interact with this medicine?
- medicines for high blood pressure
- medicines that treat or prevent blood clots like warfarin, enoxaparin, and dalteparin
What should I watch for while using this medicine?Visit your doctor or health care professional for checks on your progress. You will need to be seen regularly. Report any unusual or severe side effects promptly.
You may get drowsy or dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs mental alertness until you know how this medicine affects you. Do not stand or sit up quickly, especially if you are an older patient. This reduces the risk of dizzy or fainting spells. Avoid alcoholic drinks. Alcohol can make you more dizzy and increase flushing of the face.
If you take too much of this medicine, you may get a severe headache, chest pain, reddening of the face, jaw pain, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. If this happens, stop taking this medicine and call your health care provider right away.
Despite receiving this medicine, your condition may worsen and you may need your dose adjusted. Call your doctor or health care professional if your condition gets worse.
What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
- breathing problems
- chest pain
- dark urine
- feeling faint or lightheaded, falls
- slow, fast, or irregular heart beat
- swelling in your arms, legs, hands, or feet
- trouble passing urine or change in the amount of urine
- 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):
- bleeding from the gums or nose
Where should I keep my medicine?Keep out of the reach of children.
Store at room temperature between 20 and 25 degrees C (68 and 77 degrees F). Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.
Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.