Generic Name: Vorapaxar (vor a PAX ar)
Brand Name: Zontivity
Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Feb 19, 2019.
- Do not take vorapaxar if you are bleeding. Do not take vorapaxar if you have ever had a stroke, transient ischemic attack (TIA), or bleeding in the brain. This medicine may raise the chance of bleeding, bleeding in the brain, and sometimes deadly bleeding. Talk with your doctor.
Uses of Vorapaxar:
- It is used to lower the chance of blood clots that cause certain health problems like heart attack or stroke.
- It may be given to you for other reasons. Talk with the doctor.
What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take Vorapaxar?
- If you have an allergy to vorapaxar or any other part of vorapaxar.
- 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 liver disease.
- If you are taking any of these drugs: Boceprevir, carbamazepine, clarithromycin, conivaptan, indinavir, itraconazole, ketoconazole, nefazodone, nelfinavir, phenytoin, posaconazole, rifampin, ritonavir, saquinavir, St. John's wort, telaprevir, telithromycin, or a drug to thin your blood like warfarin.
- If you are breast-feeding or plan to breast-feed.
This is not a list of all drugs or health problems that interact with vorapaxar.
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 vorapaxar 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 Vorapaxar?
- Tell all of your health care providers that you take vorapaxar. This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
- Do not stop taking vorapaxar without calling the doctor who ordered it for you.
- You may bleed more easily while taking vorapaxar and for about 4 weeks after stopping it. Be careful and avoid injury. Use a soft toothbrush and an electric razor.
- If you are 65 or older, use vorapaxar with care. You could have more side effects.
- Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of using vorapaxar while you are pregnant.
How is this medicine (Vorapaxar) best taken?
Use vorapaxar as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.
- Take with or without food.
- To gain the most benefit, do not miss doses.
- Keep taking vorapaxar 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 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.
- Signs of bleeding like throwing up blood or throw up that looks like coffee grounds; coughing up blood; blood in the urine; black, red, or tarry stools; bleeding from the gums; vaginal bleeding that is not normal; bruises without a reason or that get bigger; or any bleeding that is very bad or that you cannot stop.
- Weakness on 1 side of the body, trouble speaking or thinking, change in balance, drooping on one side of the face, or blurred eyesight.
- Very bad headache.
- Very bad dizziness or passing out.
- Feeling very tired or weak.
- Low mood (depression).
What are some other side effects of Vorapaxar?
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 you have any side effects that bother you or do not go away.
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 Vorapaxar?
- Store in the original container 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.
- This medicine comes with an extra patient fact sheet called a Medication Guide. Read it with care. Read it again each time vorapaxar is refilled. If you have any questions about vorapaxar, please talk with the doctor, 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 vorapaxar
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- During Pregnancy
- Dosage Information
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- Drug class: protease-activated receptor-1 antagonists
Other brands: Zontivity