The medication must be mixed on a daily basis and kept refrigerated. Meticulous attention must be paid to catheter care to prevent serious infections. Common side effects include headache, jaw discomfort, flushing, rashes, and stomach upset. In patients with advanced disease, this medication improves exercise capacity and survival. Periodic monitoring of blood counts is required. Veletri is a new formulation of Epoprostenol approved by the FDA in for the treatment of PAH, as well as pulmonary hypertension related to scleroderma, lupus, congenital heart disease, diet-pill associated and stimulat associate PH.
It is for patient with severe disease that have not responded to conventional therapy. Substantial commitment is required from the patient in order to use this medication as it is a continuous infusion via an intravenous catheter via an ambulatory infusion pump.
Different to Flolan, Veletri requires less frequent mixing and does not have to be continuously refrigerated. The side effects are the same as with Flolan and again meticulous attention must be paid to catheter care to prevent serious infections. This medication is structurally related to epoprostenol Flolan. It is approved for the treatment of PAH, and pulmonary hypertension due to connective tissue disease.
There is also experience with this drug in congenital heart disease. Studies have shown that Remodulin increases exercise tolerance and decreases pulmonary artery pressure. The drug is delivered by a continuous infusion either intravenous or subcutaneous. If indicated, the subcutaneous formulation is infused underneath the skin in the abdomen via a very small plastic catheter. Side effects are similar to Flolan. Although the delivery system is complex, it is somewhat less so than Flolan.
Remodulin does not need to be mixed or refrigerated. Infusion site pain for the subcutaneous formulation remains a significant problem with this medication for many patients. Like Flolan and Remodulin, Ventavis is also a prostanoid medication. Unlike Flolan, Veletri and Remodulin, Ventavis is an inhaled medication, administered via a nebulizer.
It is recommended for use between times daily. Side effect profile of Ventavis is similar to Flolan, Veletri and Remodulin. Patients with a history of asthma or emphysema may need to be cautious at the time of initiation since worsening cough and breathing may result. Tyvaso, like Ventavis, is also an inhaled prostanoid medication. It was approved in July for use in patients with WHO group I PAH that are suffering from moderate to severe symptoms in order to increase walk distance.
The dosing regimen is not as frequent as Ventavis, only requiring use 4 time per day with increasing number of breaths per dose as the patient is optimized on therapy. The medication is delivered via a specialized and individualized nebulizer device. The side effect profile is once again similar to that of the previously discussed medication but again tends to have less flushing and diarrhea. Tyvaso does tend to cause increased sore throat and cough with initial use.
This is the first oral medication specifically approved for the treatment of pulmonary hypertension. It is approved for patients with advanced disease due to PAH or connective tissue disease associated pulmonary hypertension.
In research studies, the medication was shown to increase exercise tolerance and decrease clinical worsening compared to placebo. As a result, monthly monitoring is required. A smaller percentage of patients may also experience a decrease in hemoglobin.
Periodic monitoring of blood counts and liver function test is required. This drug is absolutely contraindicated in women who are or could become pregnant. For sexually active women, two methods of birth control are recommended and monthly pregnancy tests are also mandatory.
Letairis is in the same class of medication as Tracleer. The studies that established effectiveness predominantly included patients with moderate to severe disease with idiopathic, heritable or PAH associated with connective tissue diseases.
Letairis is a once a day medications Tracleer needs to be taken twice a day. Unlike Tracleer, it has not been shown to have the predilection to increase liver enzymes and was approved by the FDA in early to not require routine blood tests to evaluate the liver. Treatment with Letairis does require all women of childbearing potential to use two acceptable methods of contraception and have monthly pregnancy tests.
Sildenafil is an active vasodilator and allows for improved pulmonary blood flow. Sildenafil is currently approved for patient with PAH in the formulation of Revatio. The usual dose of 20 mg three times daily is the current recommendation by the FDA. However, patients with severe PAH may often require higher, and more frequent, dosing.
Although used for erectile dysfunction in men, sildenafil has not been shown to affect sexual desire in men, nor does it have any effect in women. Phosphodiesterase Inhibitors PDE 5 Inhibitors allow the lungs to produce more of its own natural vasodilators. Selective IP Receptor Agonist targets and activates a prostacyclin receptor which helps the blood vessels in the lungs relax. Soluble Guanylate Cyclase sGC Stimulators increase the interaction of the sGC enzyme with another chemical nitric oxide to help the blood vessels in the lungs relax.
Subcutaneous Treatment Options are delivered through a portable infusion pump to open up the blood vessels and ease the symptoms of PH. Intravenous Treatment Options open up the blood vessels and help ease symptoms of PH, including chest pain and shortness of breath.
Certain ingredients in these drugs may have a direct effect on the heart and lungs or may interact with medications commonly prescribed for PH. As with prescription drugs, talk to your PH doctor before taking anything new. Here are a few important interactions you should know about. Any ingredient contraindicated in patients with high blood pressure is, as a general rule, contraindicated in patients with PH.
Read about participating in research and clinical trials. Read about stem cell therapy and PH. Digoxin — Assists the pumping of the heart Diuretics — Rids excess fluid that puts pressure on the heart Oxygen — Inhaled by patients via a nasal cannula or face mask. Learn more about inhaled oxygen.
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Which ones are safe and which are to be avoided? Read on to learn about allergy and cold medications. Over the counter allergy and cold remedies have a limited number of medications packaged in fancy boxes. These older medications are effective in treating seasonal allergies.
Their biggest drawback is that many people feel sleepy or tired when taking them. Patients with enlarged prostates and urinary symptoms should be careful as it may exacerbate prostate symptoms. These medications are safe for PAH patients. This family of medications is very effective for allergy symptoms. The major advantage of the second generation antihistamines is that these medications cause less sleepiness. They have less drying properties and probably are less effective for cold symptoms.
These medications are safe in PAH. You should not drink alcohol while taking acetaminophen. We prefer to avoid these agents. This family of medications should be avoided by PAH patients. Although very effective at reducing nasal congestion and runny nose symptoms, all of the medications in this family cause your pulmonary arteries to squeeze thereby worsening your pulmonary hypertension.
The D stands for decongestants and should be avoided.
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