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Selexipag

Generic Name: selexipag (se LEX i pag)
Brand Name: Uptravi, Uptravi Titration Pack

Medically reviewed by Drugs.com on Oct 8, 2019 – Written by Cerner Multum

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.

Important Information

Tell your doctor about all your current medicines and any you start or stop using. Many drugs can interact, and some drugs should not be used together.

Before taking this medicine

You should not use selexipag if you are allergic to it.

Many drugs can interact and cause dangerous effects. Some drugs should not be used together with selexipag. Your doctor may change your treatment plan 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

  • liver disease.

It is not known whether selexipag will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.

You should not breastfeed while using selexipag.

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.

You may take selexipag with or without food.

Swallow the tablet whole and do not crush, chew, or break it.

You should not stop taking selexipag without your doctor's advice. Stopping suddenly may make your condition worse.

Store 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 or forget to take selexipag 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.

Call your doctor at once if you have:

  • low red blood cells (anemia)--pale skin, unusual tiredness, feeling light-headed or short of breath, cold hands and feet; or

  • new lung problems--anxiety, sweating, pale skin, severe shortness of breath, wheezing, gasping for breath, cough with foamy mucus, chest pain, fast or uneven heart rate.

Common side effects may include:

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

Comment:
-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 medications at the same time. Some drugs can affect your blood levels of other drugs you take, which may increase side effects or make the medications less effective.

Other drugs may affect selexipag, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Tell your doctor about all your current medicines and any medicine you start or stop using.

Further 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.

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

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