This medication is a prostaglandin, prescribed for pulmonary arterial hypertension. The medication relaxes blood vessels.
Contraindicated in people with congestive heart failure, lung swelling and hypersensitivity.
IV- The initial recommended dose is 2 mg/kg/min and increased in increments of 2 mg/kg/min every 15 minutes.
It comes as a solution for injection to be administered by a healthcare provider.
• Caution should be exercised in patients with history of bleeding problem, heart failure, liver or kidney, blood disorders, during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
• It may cause dizziness, drowsiness, and lightheadedness, do not drive a car or operate machinery and get up slowly from bed while taking this medication.
• Most Common:
Chest pain, anxiety, dizziness, slow or fast heart rate, difficulty in breathing, abdominal pain and musculoskeletal pain.
• General: Weakness, fever, chills, flushing and flu-like symptoms.
• Heart: Paleness, bluish color of the skin, palpitations, stroke, shock, bleeding, low blood pressure and heart attack.
• Gastrointestinal: Loss of appetite, excess fluid, constipation, nausea, vomiting and flatulence.
• Metabolic: Swelling in the leg, decreased potassium level in blood and weight loss/gain.
• Musculoskeletal: Joint/bone/jaw pain.
• Central Nervous System: Confusion, convulsion, depression, sleeplessness and headache.
• Respiratory: Increased cough, nosebleed, excess fluid and inflammation of sinus.
• Skin: Itching, rash, sweating, skin ulcer and hives.
• Eye: Lazy eye and vision abnormality.
• Genitourinary: Urinary tract infection and blood in urine.
Avoid alcohol consumption.
Store reconstituted solutions in refrigerator at 2° to 8°C; avoid exposure to sunlight.
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