Proper Use

Drug information provided by: Micromedex

Use this medicine only as directed by your doctor to benefit your condition as much as possible. Do not use more of it, do not use it more often, and do not use it for a longer time than your doctor ordered.

Iloprost inhalation solution is breathed in (inhaled) through the mouth and into the lungs. It should be used when you wake up and before any physical activity, but not more than once every 2 hours.

The iloprost inhalation solution (Ventavis®) is used with a nebulizer that is connected to an air compressor. The nebulizer will create a mist that is breathed into the lungs using a mouthpiece. Ventavis® solution should only be used with the I-neb® AAD® System. The solution and nebulizer will come with patient instructions. Read and follow these instructions carefully. Ask your doctor if you have any questions. Do not mix the iloprost solution with other medicines in the nebulizer.

To avoid missing a dose, always keep an extra nebulizer on hand in case there are problems with the machine.

Do not drink this medicine and do not allow the solution to come in contact with your skin or eyes. If it does, rinse it off with water right away.

Dosing

The dose of this medicine will be different for different patients. Follow your doctor's orders or the directions on the label. The following information includes only the average doses of this medicine. If your dose is different, do not change it unless your doctor tells you to do so.

The amount of medicine that you take depends on the strength of the medicine. Also, the number of doses you take each day, the time allowed between doses, and the length of time you take the medicine depend on the medical problem for which you are using the medicine.

  • For inhalation dosage form (solution):
    • For pulmonary arterial hypertension:
      • Adults—At first, 2.5 micrograms (mcg) given 6 to 9 times per day while awake. Do not use more than once every 2 hours. Your doctor may adjust your dose if needed. However, the dose is usually not more than 45 mcg per day.
      • Children—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.

Missed Dose

If you miss a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double doses.

Storage

Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light. Keep from freezing.

Keep out of the reach of children.

Do not keep outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed.

Ask your healthcare professional how you should dispose of any medicine you do not use.