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Ventavis is a prescription medicine for adults with certain kinds of severe pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). It is used to improve exercise ability and symptoms for a short time. PAH is a condition where blood pressure is too high in the blood vessels between the heart and the lungs such as the pulmonary arteries. Ventavis lowers blood pressure within the pulmonary arteries by opening up the blood vessels in the lungs.
Ventavis has not been studied in children under the age of 18.
Side Effects of Ventavis
Ventavis can cause serious side effects such as:
- Dizziness, lightheadedness, and fainting (syncope) because it lowers your blood pressure. These are also common symptoms of PAH. To reduce your chances of fainting, stand up slowly when you get out of chairs or bed. Use Ventavis before increased physical exertion. Tell your doctor if fainting gets worse with Ventavis. Your doctor may need to adjust your dose or change your treatment. Do not drive a car or operate any tools or machines if dizziness or fainting from low blood pressure is a problem for you.
- Other side effects. The most common side effects with Ventavis include reddening of the face caused by dilation of blood vessels (flushing), increased cough, low blood pressure (hypotension), headaches, nausea, spasm of the jaw muscles that causes trouble opening your mouth, and fainting (syncope).
Interactions with Ventavis
Tell your doctor about all the medicines you are taking including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Ventavis and certain other medicines may affect each other in the way they work in your body. Be sure to tell your doctor if you take:
- medicines used to treat high blood pressure or heart disease
- medicines that decrease blood clotting
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