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Epoprostenol

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Uses
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Notes

    Related terms
    • U.S. Brand Names: Flolan®;Veletri®
    • Canadian Brand Names: Flolan®
    • Pharmacologic Category: Prostacyclin;Prostaglandin;Vasodilator

    Uses
    • It is used to treat high pressure in the lungs.
    • Epoprostenol calms blood vessels.
    • It helps the heart and lungs work better.

    Dosing

    How to take

    • It is given into the vein nonstop.
    • Your doctor may teach you how to give this drug.
    • Wash your hands before and after use.

    Missed Dose

    • Call your doctor for an office visit.
    • Do not change the dose or stop this drug. Talk with the doctor.

    Storage

    • Store as you have been told by your doctor.

    Safety



    Avoid

    • If you have an allergy to epoprostenol or any other part of this drug.
    • Tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs. Make sure to tell about the allergy and what signs you had. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.

    Precautions

    • Do not run out of this drug.
    • If you have a weak heart, talk with your doctor.
    • Tell dentists, surgeons, and other doctors that you use this drug.
    • Check all drugs you are taking with your doctor. This drug may not mix well with some other drugs.
    • Talk with your doctor before using other aspirin, products that have aspirin, blood thinners, garlic, ginseng, ginkgo, ibuprofen or like products, pain drugs, or vitamin E.
    • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant.
    • Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding.

    Side Effects

    • Feeling dizzy. Rise slowly over a few minutes when sitting or lying down. Be careful climbing.
    • Headache.
    • Upset stomach or throwing up. Many small meals, good mouth care, sucking hard, sugar-free candy, or chewing sugar-free gum may help.
    • Flushing. Wearing layers of clothes or summer clothes and staying in cool places may help.
    • Jaw pain.
    • Loose stools.
    • Flu-like signs. These include headache, weakness, fever, shakes, aches, pains, and sweating.
    • Nervous and excitable.

    Monitoring

    • Change in the health problem being treated. Is it better, worse, or about the same?
    • Follow up with the doctor.

    Contact a healthcare provider

    • If you think there was an overdose, call your local poison control center or ER right away.
    • Signs of a very bad reaction to the drug. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; seizures; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat.
    • Trouble breathing.
    • Very bad dizziness or passing out.
    • Very bad headache.
    • Any bruising or bleeding.
    • Any rash.
    • Health problem is not better or you are feeling worse.

    General Statements

    • If you have a very bad allergy, wear an allergy ID at all times.
    • Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
    • Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
    • Most drugs can be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.
    • In Canada, take any unused drugs to the pharmacy. Also, visit http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hl-vs/iyh-vsv/med/disposal-defaire-eng.php#th to learn about the right way to get rid of unused drugs.
    • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
    • Call your doctor for help with any side effects. You may also call the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or Health Canada's Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.
    • Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including OTC, natural products, or vitamins.

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    The information in this monograph is intended for informational purposes only, and is meant to help users better understand health concerns. Information is based on review of scientific research data, historical practice patterns, and clinical experience. This information should not be interpreted as specific medical advice. Users should consult with a qualified healthcare provider for specific questions regarding therapies, diagnosis and/or health conditions, prior to making therapeutic decisions.

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