What is Ventavis?Ventavis is a medicine used to treat pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH), which is high blood pressure in the blood vessels between your heart and lungs, to diminish symptoms associated with exercise. Ventavis opens the blood vessels in your lungs and lowers your blood pressure. Ventavis is available in an inhalation solution.
What is the most important information I should know about Ventavis?Ventavis can cause strong widening effects on your blood vessels. This can cause a decrease in your blood pressure, especially if you already have low blood pressure. You can experience dizziness, lightheadedness, or faintness. You should stand up slowly when you get out of chairs or bed. Tell your doctor if your fainting gets worse during treatment with Ventavis. Do not drive a car or operate any tools or machines if dizziness or fainting from low blood pressure is a problem for you.
You can develop symptoms of a buildup of fluid in your lungs when inhaling Ventavis. Stop using Ventavis and tell your doctor immediately if you experience these symptoms.
Ventavis can tighten the muscles of your airway and lead to trouble breathing, especially if you have a history of certain airway problems. Ventavis should be used with caution if you have lung disease, such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) (narrowing of the lungs that makes it hard to breath), or lung infections. If you have these conditions, your doctor will closely monitor your lung condition.
If you have liver impairment, you are more likely to be exposed to greater amounts of Ventavis. Do not change your dose or suddenly stop using your Ventavis without talking to your doctor, especially if you have liver impairment.
Who should not take Ventavis?Do not use Ventavis if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients.
What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Ventavis?Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Ventavis. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have lung disease, lung infections, kidney or liver problems, low blood pressure, or are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
What is the usual dosage?The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.
Adults: The recommended starting dose is 2.5 micrograms (mcg), 6-9 times a day, no more than once every 2 hours. Your doctor may adjust your dose as appropriate.
If you have liver impairment, your doctor will adjust your dose appropriately.
How should I take Ventavis?Use Ventavis exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Ventavis is inhaled through your mouth into your lungs.
Ventavis can be used with the I-neb AAD System or the Prodose AAD System. Your doctor will show you how to use one of these systems the right way. Please review the instructions that came with your prescription on how to properly use your Ventavis.
What should I avoid while taking Ventavis?Do not drink Ventavis.
Do not let Ventavis solution get into your eyes or onto your skin. If it does, rinse your eyes or skin immediately with water.
Do not allow other people to be exposed to Ventavis while you are breathing it, especially babies and pregnant women.
Do not drive a car or operate any tools or machines if dizziness or fainting from low blood pressure is a problem for you.
What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Ventavis?If Ventavis is used with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Ventavis with blood pressure/heart medications (such as captopril or diltiazem) or blood thinners (such as warfarin).
What are the possible side effects of Ventavis?Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.
Side effects may include: abnormal heartbeat, airway muscles tightening, back pain, bleeding, coughing, dizziness, fainting, "flu-like" symptoms, headache, jaw muscle spasms, lightheadedness, low blood pressure, muscle cramps, nausea, red face, sleep problems, trouble breathing
Can I receive Ventavis if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?The effects of Ventavis during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
What should I do if I miss a dose of Ventavis?If you miss a dose of Ventavis, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take two doses at once.
How should I store Ventavis?Store at room temperature.