What condition does Epoprostenol Sodium treat?
Epoprostenol Sodium is used for the treatment of pulmonary arterial hypertension. It is one form of a broader condition known as pulmonary hypertension. It is high blood pressure in the lungs. This medication will help increase your ability to exercise. It will also improve symptoms such as shortness of breath and tiredness.
This prescription belongs to the class of medications called vasodilators. This medication is formulated for intravenous administration. Each vial of this medication contains Epoprostenol Sodium as an active ingredient. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved this medication.
How does Epoprostenol Sodium work?
Epoprostenol Sodium is in the group of drugs calls prostaglandins. That is derived from arachidonic acid. This medication is the systemic vascular beds and vasodilatation of the pulmonary. It is the widening of narrowed blood vessels in the lung and other parts of the body. It also inhibits platelet clumping or aggregation. This works by relaxing and widening the blood vessels in the lungs. It is to let the blood flow more easily.
What is the recommended dosage for Epoprostenol Sodium?
Take this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it. Take it exactly as it is prescribed. Do not take it more often than the prescription.
Epoprostenol Sodium for Injection is usually given by your doctor at the start of this medication. This is given as a continuous injection into the vein using an infusion pump or as directed by your doctor. The dosage is based on your medical condition and response to the drug.
Do not suddenly decrease the dosage or suddenly stop using this medicine because doing either may lead to a serious worsening of your condition. If you should stop this treatment, slowly decrease the dosage as directed by your doctor. Consult your doctor right away if your infusion is disturbed or if you develop worsening dizziness, trouble breathing, or weakness. To avoid interruptions in medication, you must have a backup infusion sets or infusion pump accessible if your equipment fails. Consult your health care professional for more information.
What are the side effects of Epoprostenol Sodium?
- Flushing (warmth, redness, or tingly feeling)
- Stomach pain
- Muscle or joint pain
- Jaw pain
- Injection site reactions (redness, pain, or swelling)
What are the precautions in taking Epoprostenol Sodium?
- Before using this medicine, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of bleeding problems, heart failure), blood disorders, or liver disease.
- You must learn how to properly care for your injection site and how to avoid infection. Learn also how to keep and throw away needles and medical supplies safely.
- Tell your doctor if you are allergic to the drug.
- Do not use machinery, drive, or do anything that needs alertness until you know how this medicine affects you. This drug may make you dizzy. To lower your risk of dizziness and light-headedness, get up slowly when rising from a sitting or lying position.
- Keep this at a dry and clean place away from the reach of children.