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Iloprost
Specialty Drug

Ventavis

ILOPROST is used to treat pulmonary arterial hypertension. This is a serious heart and lung condition. This medicine helps to improve symptoms and quality of life. Compare prostacyclines.
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Iloprost Side Effects

What should I watch for?

Visit your doctor or health care professional for checks on your progress. You will need to be seen regularly. Report any unusual or severe side effects promptly.

You may get drowsy or dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs mental alertness until you know how this medicine affects you. Do not stand or sit up quickly, especially if you are an older patient. This reduces the risk of dizzy or fainting spells. Avoid alcoholic drinks. Alcohol can make you more dizzy and increase flushing of the face.

If you take too much of this medicine, you may get a severe headache, chest pain, reddening of the face, jaw pain, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. If this happens, stop taking this medicine and call your health care provider right away.

Despite receiving this medicine, your condition may worsen and you may need your dose adjusted. Call your doctor or health care professional if your condition gets worse.

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Interactions with Medications

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

Black, tarry stools

chest pain

cough

difficult or labored breathing

dizziness, faintness, or lightheadedness when getting up suddenly from a lying or sitting position

extreme fatigue

fast, pounding, or irregular heartbeat or pulse

fever

hives or rash

irregular breathing

itching

noisy breathing

pinpoint red spots on the skin

swelling of the eyelids, face, lips, fingers, feet, or lower legs

tightness in the chest

troubled breathing or swallowing

unusual bleeding or bruising

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:

More common

Back pain

chills

cough increased

coughing or spitting up blood

difficulty opening the mouth

feeling of warmth

headache

lockjaw

nausea

redness of the face, neck, arms, and occasionally, upper chest

sweating

trouble sleeping

Less common

Change in taste

mouth irritation

tongue irritation or pain

Incidence not known

Nosebleeds

stuffy nose

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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