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Prostin VR

Generic Name: Alprostadil (Prostin VR) (al PROS ta dill)
Brand Name: Prostin VR

Medically reviewed on July 4, 2018

Warning

  • Stops in breathing have happened with Prostin VR (alprostadil (prostin VR)) in newborns with some heart problems. Most of the time, this is seen in newborns that weigh less than 2 kg (4.4 lb) at birth and within the first hour of using Prostin VR (alprostadil (prostin VR)). Doctors will be watching your baby's breathing closely.

Uses of Prostin VR:

  • It is used to keep the wall inside the heart open in newborns before surgery.

What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take Prostin VR?

  • If your child has an allergy to any part of Prostin VR (alprostadil (prostin VR)).
  • If your child is allergic to any drugs like this one or any other drugs, foods, or other substances. Tell the doctor about the allergy and what signs your child had, like rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
  • If your child has a breathing problem called hyaline membrane disease or respiratory distress syndrome.

This is not a list of all drugs or health problems that interact with Prostin VR (alprostadil (prostin VR)).

Tell the doctor and pharmacist about all of your child's drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for your child to take Prostin VR (alprostadil (prostin VR)) with all of his/her drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug your child takes without checking with the doctor.

What are some things I need to know or do while I take Prostin VR?

  • Tell all of your child's health care providers that your child is taking Prostin VR (alprostadil (prostin VR)). This includes your child's doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.

How is this medicine (Prostin VR) best taken?

Give Prostin VR (alprostadil (prostin VR)) as ordered by your child's doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.

  • It is given as an infusion into a vein over a period of time.

What do I do if I miss a dose?

  • Call your child's doctor to find out what to do.

See also: Dosage Information (in more detail)

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 child's doctor or get medical help right away if your child has 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.
  • Trouble breathing.
  • Seizures.
  • Any unexplained bruising or bleeding.
  • Long stops between breaths.
  • Fast or slow heartbeat.
  • Very bad dizziness or passing out.

What are some other side effects of Prostin VR?

All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your child's doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother your child or do not go away:

  • Flushing.
  • Dizziness.
  • Fever.

These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your child's doctor. Call your child's 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.

See also: Side effects (in more detail)

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 Prostin VR?

  • If you need to store Prostin VR (alprostadil (prostin VR)) at home, talk with your child's doctor, nurse, or pharmacist about how to store it.

Consumer information use

  • If your child's symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your child's doctor.
  • Do not share your child's drug with others and do not give anyone else's drug to your child.
  • Keep a list of all your child's drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your child's doctor.
  • Talk with your child's doctor before giving your child any new drug, including prescription or OTC, natural products, or vitamins.
  • 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.
  • Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. If you have any questions about Prostin VR (alprostadil (prostin VR)), please talk with your child's doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. Check with your pharmacist. If you have any questions about Prostin VR (alprostadil (prostin VR)), 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.

Further information

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.

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