Generic name: selexipag (oral/injection) [ se-LEX-i-pag ]
Brand names: Uptravi, Uptravi Titration Pack
Dosage forms: intravenous injection (1800 mcg); oral tablet (1000 mcg; 1200 mcg; 1400 mcg; 1600 mcg; 200 mcg; 200 mcg-800 mcg; 400 mcg; 600 mcg; 800 mcg)
Drug class: Agents for pulmonary hypertension
What is selexipag?
Selexipag is used to treat pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). Selexipag helps keep your condition from getting worse and helps lower your risk of needing to be hospitalized for PAH.
Selexipag may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
Tell your doctor about all your other medicines. Some drugs should not be used with selexipag.
Before taking this medicine
You should not use selexipag if you are allergic to it.
Some drugs should not be used with selexipag. Your treatment plan may change if you also use:
Tell your doctor if you have ever had:
a condition called pulmonary veno-occlusive disease (narrowing of the veins that carry blood from the lungs to the heart); or
It is not known if selexipag will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.
Do not breastfeed.
How should I take selexipag?
Follow all directions on your prescription label and read all medication guides or instruction sheets. Your doctor may occasionally change your dose. Use the medicine exactly as directed.
Selexipag oral is taken by mouth.
You may take selexipag with or without food.
Swallow the tablet whole and do not crush, chew, or break it.
Selexipag injection is given in a vein by a healthcare provider if you are unable to take medicine by mouth.
Your condition may get worse if you stop using selexipag suddenly. Ask your doctor before stopping the medicine.
Store tablets at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
What happens if I miss a dose?
Use the medicine as soon as you can, but skip the missed dose if your next dose is due in less than 6 hours. Do not use two doses at one time.
If you miss doses for 3 or more days, call your doctor before taking another dose. You may need to restart the medicine at a lower dose than you took before.
What happens if I overdose?
Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.
What should I avoid while taking selexipag?
Follow your doctor's instructions about any restrictions on food, beverages, or activity.
Selexipag side effects
Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Selexipag may cause serious side effects. Call your doctor at once if you have:
Common side effects of selexipag may include:
muscle pain, pain in your arms or legs;
flushing (warmth, redness, or tingly feeling);
pain, redness, or swelling where a selexipag injection was given.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Selexipag dosing information
Usual Adult Dose for Pulmonary Hypertension:
Initial dose: 200 mcg orally twice a day
Maintenance dose: Increase in increments of 200 mcg orally twice a day at weekly intervals to the highest tolerated dose
Maximum dose: 1600 mcg orally twice a day
-If the patient reaches a dose that is not well tolerated, reduce to a previously tolerated dose.
Use: For the treatment of pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) to delay disease progression and reduce the risk of hospitalization for PAH
What other drugs will affect selexipag?
Sometimes it is not safe to use certain medicines at the same time. Some drugs can affect your blood levels of other drugs you use, which may increase side effects or make the medicines less effective.
Where can I get more information?
Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
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