Generic Name: selexipag (se-LEX-i-pag)
Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Sep 19, 2020.
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In the U.S.
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Therapeutic Class: Peripheral Vasodilator
Uses for selexipag
Selexipag is used to treat symptoms of pulmonary arterial hypertension, which is high blood pressure in the main artery that carries blood from the right side of the heart (the ventricle) to the lungs. When the small blood vessels in the lungs become more resistant to blood flow, the right ventricle must work harder to pump enough blood through the lungs. Selexipag works by relaxing these blood vessels and increasing the supply of blood to the lungs, which reduces the workload of the heart.
Selexipag is available only with your doctor's prescription.
Before using selexipag
In deciding to use a medicine, the risks of taking the medicine must be weighed against the good it will do. This is a decision you and your doctor will make. For selexipag, the following should be considered:
Tell your doctor if you have ever had any unusual or allergic reaction to selexipag or any other medicines. Also tell your health care professional if you have any other types of allergies, such as to foods, dyes, preservatives, or animals. For non-prescription products, read the label or package ingredients carefully.
Appropriate studies have not been performed on the relationship of age to the effects of selexipag in the pediatric population. Safety and efficacy have not been established.
Appropriate studies performed to date have not demonstrated geriatric-specific problems that would limit the usefulness of selexipag in the elderly. However, elderly patients are more sensitive to the effects of selexipag than younger adults.
There are no adequate studies in women for determining infant risk when using this medication during breastfeeding. Weigh the potential benefits against the potential risks before taking this medication while breastfeeding.
Interactions with medicines
Although certain medicines should not be used together at all, in other cases two different medicines may be used together even if an interaction might occur. In these cases, your doctor may want to change the dose, or other precautions may be necessary. When you are taking selexipag, it is especially important that your healthcare professional know if you are taking any of the medicines listed below. The following interactions have been selected on the basis of their potential significance and are not necessarily all-inclusive.
Using selexipag with any of the following medicines is not recommended. Your doctor may decide not to treat you with this medication or change some of the other medicines you take.
- Abiraterone Acetate
Using selexipag with any of the following medicines is usually not recommended, but may be required in some cases. If both medicines are prescribed together, your doctor may change the dose or how often you use one or both of the medicines.
- Dabigatran Etexilate
- Protein C
Interactions with food/tobacco/alcohol
Certain medicines should not be used at or around the time of eating food or eating certain types of food since interactions may occur. Using alcohol or tobacco with certain medicines may also cause interactions to occur. Discuss with your healthcare professional the use of your medicine with food, alcohol, or tobacco.
Other medical problems
The presence of other medical problems may affect the use of selexipag. Make sure you tell your doctor if you have any other medical problems, especially:
- Liver disease, moderate—Use with caution. The effects may be increased because of slower removal of the medicine from the body.
- Liver disease, severe—Use is not recommended in patients with this condition.
- Pulmonary venoocclusive disease (narrowing of the veins in the lungs)—Use with caution. May make this condition worse.
Proper use of selexipag
Take selexipag exactly as directed by your doctor. Do not take more of it, do not take it more often, and do not take it for a longer time than your doctor ordered. Also, do not stop taking selexipag without checking with your doctor first.
Selexipag comes with a patient information insert. Read and follow these instructions carefully. Ask your doctor if you have any questions.
Swallow the tablet whole. Do not crush, break, or chew it. Taking selexipag with food may improve tolerability.
The dose of selexipag will be different for different patients. Follow your doctor's orders or the directions on the label. The following information includes only the average doses of selexipag. If your dose is different, do not change it unless your doctor tells you to do so.
The amount of medicine that you take depends on the strength of the medicine. Also, the number of doses you take each day, the time allowed between doses, and the length of time you take the medicine depend on the medical problem for which you are using the medicine.
- For oral dosage form (tablets):
- For pulmonary arterial hypertension:
- Adults—At first, 200 micrograms (mcg) two times a day. Your doctor may increase your dose as needed and tolerated.
- Children—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.
- For pulmonary arterial hypertension:
If you miss a dose of selexipag, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double doses.
If your next regular dose is in less than 6 hours, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. If you miss a dose for 3 or more days, call your doctor right away.
Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light. Keep from freezing.
Keep out of the reach of children.
Do not keep outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed.
Ask your healthcare professional how you should dispose of any medicine you do not use.
Precautions while using selexipag
It is very important that your doctor check your progress at regular visits to make sure selexipag is working properly. Blood tests may be needed to check for unwanted effects.
Do not use selexipag together with gemfibrozil (Lopid®). Using these medicines together may increase your chance for more serious side effects.
Check with your doctor right away if you have blue lips and fingernails, chest pain, coughing that sometimes produces a pink frothy sputum, difficult, fast, or noisy breathing, sometimes with wheezing, pale skin, increased sweating, or swelling in the legs and ankles. These may be symptoms of pulmonary edema (fluid in the lungs).
Do not take other medicines unless they have been discussed with your doctor. This includes prescription or nonprescription (over-the-counter [OTC]) medicines and herbal or vitamin supplements.
Selexipag side effects
Along with its needed effects, a medicine may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.
Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur:
Incidence not known
- Blue lips and fingernails
- chest pain
- coughing that sometimes produces a pink frothy sputum
- difficult, fast, noisy breathing
- increased sweating
- pale skin
- swelling in the legs and ankles
Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:
- Decreased appetite
- feeling of warmth
- joint pain
- muscle aching or cramping
- muscle pains or stiffness
- pain in the jaw, arms, or legs
- redness of the face, neck, arms, and occasionally, upper chest
- swollen joints
Other side effects not listed may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your healthcare professional.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
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