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epoprostenol

Used for Hypertension

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Updated on 24 Apr 2024

Learn more about epoprostenol

What dosages is epoprostenol available in?

What dosages is epoprostenol available in?

epoprostenol is available as a 0.5 mg (500,000 ng) or 1.5 mg
(1,500,000 ng) injection for IV use.

What is epoprostenol used for?

What is epoprostenol used for?

epoprostenol is a prostacyclin vasodilator and is used to treat pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH).

How does epoprostenol work?

How does epoprostenol work?

epoprostenol is a prostacyclin vasodilator. Prostacyclins work by relaxing muscles in the arteries (blood vessels), which leads to vasodilation. Vasodilation means that the blood vessels widen, which allows more blood to flow through them. In addition, prostacyclins prevent platelets, pieces of cells found in the blood, from sticking to each other. This also helps improve blood flow. PAH occurs when blood can’t flow freely through the arteries in your lungs. This raises the blood pressure in your lungs, causing your heart to have to work harder to send blood to your lungs for oxygen. epoprostenol helps with PAH because it improves the blood flow in your arteries.

How do I take epoprostenol?

How do I take epoprostenol?

epoprostenol is an intravenous (IV) infusion that’s given through a pump programmed to deliver your dose over a certain period of time. Before starting epoprostenol, your provider will typically insert a catheter into a large vein near the heart. Your care team will train you on how to use the pump at home. Your provider will calculate the dose based on your body weight. The typical starting dose is 2 nanograms (ng) per kg of body weight per minute (2 ng/kg/min). The dose can be adjusted by your provider based on your response to the medication.

Is it safe for me to take epoprostenol?

Is it safe for me to take epoprostenol?

epoprostenol is a safe and effective treatment when used for FDA licensed indications. However, like all medications, they may give you unwanted side effects. You should always discuss potential side effects with your physician to ensure the medication is suitable and right for you. You should not use this medication if you have any of the following:

  • Congestive heart failure due to severe left ventricular systolic dysfunction
  • Pulmonary edema
  • Hypersensitivity to the drug or to structurally related compounds
epoprostenol Common Side Effects

epoprostenol Common Side Effects

Common side effects of epoprostenol:

  • Flushing
  • Headache
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Low blood pressure
  • Anxiety, nervousness, or agitation
  • Chest pain
epoprostenol Serious Side Effects

epoprostenol Serious Side Effects

Serious side effects are rare with epoprostenol. Contact your healthcare provider immediately if you experience any of the following.

  • Excess fluid in the lungs: shortness of breath, cough, chest pain, fatigue
  • Bleeding problems: unusual or easy bleeding or bruising, vomiting or coughing up blood, blood in your urine or stool
Effects of other drugs, drug classes and over-the-counter products on epoprostenol

Effects of other drugs, drug classes and over-the-counter products on epoprostenol

The following medications may interact with epoprostenol:

  • Diuretics, antihypertensive agents, or other vasodilators: reduction in blood pressure
  • Antiplatelet agents or anticoagulants: increase the risk of bleeding
  • Patients on digoxin: elevations of digoxin concentrations clinically significant in patients prone to digoxin toxicity
Who makes epoprostenol?

Who makes epoprostenol?

Various FDA-approved generic manufacturers

Is epoprostenol safe in pregnancy?

Is epoprostenol safe in pregnancy?

It is not known if epoprostenol will harm your unborn baby. epoprostenol should be used during pregnancy only if the potential benefit justifies the potential risk to fetus.

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