Lumacaftor and Ivacaftor Tablets
Generic name: Lumacaftor and Ivacaftor Tablets (loo ma KAF tor & eye va KAF tor)
Brand name: Orkambi
Drug class: CFTR combinations
Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Jan 1, 2021.
Uses of Lumacaftor and Ivacaftor Tablets:
- It is used to treat cystic fibrosis.
What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take Lumacaftor and Ivacaftor Tablets?
- If you are allergic to this medicine (lumacaftor and ivacaftor tablets); any part of this medicine (lumacaftor and ivacaftor tablets); or any other drugs, foods, or substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had.
- If you have had a transplant.
- If you are taking any of these drugs: Carbamazepine, phenobarbital, phenytoin, rifabutin, rifampin, or St. John's wort.
- If you are taking any of these drugs: Cyclosporine, everolimus, midazolam, sirolimus, tacrolimus, or triazolam.
This is not a list of all drugs or health problems that interact with this medicine (lumacaftor and ivacaftor tablets).
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 this medicine (lumacaftor and ivacaftor tablets) 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 Lumacaftor and Ivacaftor Tablets?
- Tell all of your health care providers that you take this medicine (lumacaftor and ivacaftor tablets). This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
- Have blood work checked as you have been told by the doctor. Talk with the doctor.
- Have your lung function checked as you have been told by your doctor. Talk with your doctor.
- High blood pressure has happened with this medicine (lumacaftor and ivacaftor tablets). Have your blood pressure checked as you have been told by your doctor.
- Cataracts have happened in children taking this medicine (lumacaftor and ivacaftor tablets). Have an eye exam before starting this medicine (lumacaftor and ivacaftor tablets) and while taking it. Talk with your doctor
- Liver problems have happened with this medicine (lumacaftor and ivacaftor tablets). Liver problems have also gotten worse in people who already have them. Rarely, this has been deadly. If you have questions, talk with the doctor.
- Birth control pills and other hormone-based birth control may not work as well to prevent pregnancy. Use some other kind of birth control also like a condom when taking this medicine (lumacaftor and ivacaftor tablets).
- Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, plan on getting pregnant, or are breast-feeding. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks to you and the baby.
How is this medicine (Lumacaftor and Ivacaftor Tablets) best taken?
Use this medicine (lumacaftor and ivacaftor tablets) as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.
- Take this medicine (lumacaftor and ivacaftor tablets) just before or just after fatty foods. This includes eggs; butter; peanut butter; cheese pizza; or whole-milk dairy products like whole-milk, cheese, or yogurt.
- Keep taking this medicine (lumacaftor and ivacaftor tablets) as you have been told by your doctor or other health care provider, even if you feel well.
What do I do if I miss a dose?
- Take a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
- If it has been 6 hours or more since the missed dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.
- Do not take 2 doses at the same time or extra doses.
- If you miss 7 days of this medicine (lumacaftor and ivacaftor tablets), call your doctor to find out what to do.
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.
- Signs of liver problems like dark urine, feeling tired, not hungry, upset stomach or stomach pain, light-colored stools, throwing up, or yellow skin or eyes.
- Signs of high blood pressure like very bad headache or dizziness, passing out, or change in eyesight.
- Chest pain or pressure.
- Shortness of breath.
- Trouble breathing that is new or worse.
- Feeling confused.
What are some other side effects of Lumacaftor and Ivacaftor Tablets?
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:
- Stomach pain or diarrhea.
- Upset stomach.
- Feeling tired or weak.
- Flu-like signs.
- Signs of a common cold.
- Nose or throat irritation.
- More sputum.
- Period (menstrual) changes.
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 1-800-332-1088. You may also report side effects at https://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 Lumacaftor and Ivacaftor Tablets?
- 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.
- Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. Check with your pharmacist. If you have any questions about this medicine (lumacaftor and ivacaftor tablets), 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.
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