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Ivacaftor Oral tablet
It is used to treat cystic fibrosis (CF) in patients who have a certain mutation (G551D) in their CF... more
Generic Name: Kalydeco
What is this medicine?IVACAFTOR (EYE va KAF tor) is used to treat cystic fibrosis (CF) in patients who have a certain mutation (G551D) in their CF gene.
What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
-an unusual or allergic reaction to ivacaftor, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
-pregnant or trying to get pregnant
How should I use this medicine?Take this medicine by mouth with fat-containing food such as eggs, peanut butter, or cheese pizza. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Do not take with grapefruit juice. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take it more often than directed. Do not stop taking except on your doctor's advice.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this drug may be prescribed for children as young as 6 years of age for selected conditions, precautions do apply.
Overdosage: If you think you've taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.
What if I miss a dose?If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.
What may interact with this medicine?Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:
-certain medicines for seizures like carbamazepine, phenobarbital, phenytoin
-St. John's Wort
This medicine may also interact with the following medications:
-certain antibiotics like clarithromycin, erythromycin, telithromycin
-certain medicines for anxiety or sleep
-certain medicines for fungal infections like fluconazole, itraconazole, ketoconazole, posaconazole, and voriconazole
What should I watch for while using this medicine?Tell your doctor or healthcare professional if your symptoms do not start to get better or if they get worse. You may need blood work done while you are taking this medicine.
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:
-allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
-general ill feeling or flu-like symptoms
-loss of appetite
-right upper belly pain
-unusually weak or tired
-yellowing of the eyes or skin
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (Report these to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome.):
Where should I keep my medicine?Keep out of the reach of children.
Store at room temperature between 20 to 25 degrees C (68 to 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.
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