Generic Name: Iloprost (EYE loe prost)
Brand Name: Ventavis
Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Feb 17, 2019.
Uses of Iloprost:
- It is used to treat high blood pressure in the lungs.
What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take Iloprost?
- If you have an allergy to iloprost or any other part of iloprost.
- If you are allergic to any drugs like this one, any other drugs, foods, or other substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had, like rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
- If you have low blood pressure.
- If you are breast-feeding or plan to breast-feed.
This is not a list of all drugs or health problems that interact with iloprost.
Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all of your drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for you to take iloprost with all of your drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug without checking with your doctor.
What are some things I need to know or do while I take Iloprost?
- Tell all of your health care providers that you take iloprost. This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
- Avoid driving and doing other tasks or actions that call for you to be alert until you see how iloprost affects you.
- To lower the chance of feeling dizzy or passing out, rise slowly if you have been sitting or lying down. Be careful going up and down stairs.
- Check blood pressure and heart rate as the doctor has told you. Talk with the doctor.
- Always have a backup system close by in case you need to use it.
- You may bleed more easily. Be careful and avoid injury. Use a soft toothbrush and an electric razor.
- Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of using iloprost while you are pregnant.
How is this medicine (Iloprost) best taken?
Use iloprost as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.
- Follow how to take iloprost as you have been told by your doctor. Do not use more than you were told to use.
- For breathing into the lungs only using the I-neb® AAD® system.
- Do not swallow iloprost.
- Do not mix other drugs in nebulizer.
- After you take a dose, throw away any drug that is left in the chamber so it is ready for the next dose. Clean as you have been told by your doctor.
- If iloprost gets in the eyes or on the skin, rinse with water.
- Do not expose others to iloprost while you are breathing it, especially babies and pregnant women.
What do I do if I miss a dose?
- Take a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
- If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.
- Do not take 2 doses at the same time or extra doses.
What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away?
WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:
- Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing, swallowing, or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
- Very bad dizziness or passing out.
- Any unexplained bruising or bleeding.
- Chest pain or pressure or a fast heartbeat.
- Trouble breathing that is new or worse.
- Coughing up blood.
- Not able to pass urine or change in how much urine is passed.
- A heartbeat that does not feel normal.
- Shortness of breath, a big weight gain, or swelling in the arms or legs.
- Trouble opening your mouth.
What are some other side effects of Iloprost?
All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother you or do not go away:
- Back pain.
- Mouth pain.
- Jaw tightness.
- Muscle cramps.
- Upset stomach or throwing up.
- Not able to sleep.
- Flu-like signs.
These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your doctor. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.
You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.
If OVERDOSE is suspected:
If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.
How do I store and/or throw out Iloprost?
- Store at room temperature.
- Store in a dry place. Do not store in a bathroom.
- Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
- Throw away unused or expired drugs. Do not flush down a toilet or pour down a drain unless you are told to do so. Check with your pharmacist if you have questions about the best way to throw out drugs. There may be drug take-back programs in your area.
Consumer information use
- If your symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your doctor.
- Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
- Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
- Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including prescription or OTC, natural products, or vitamins.
- Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. Check with your pharmacist. If you have any questions about iloprost, please talk with your doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.
Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.
More about iloprost
- Side Effects
- During Pregnancy
- Dosage Information
- Drug Interactions
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- Drug class: agents for pulmonary hypertension
Other brands: Ventavis