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What is Ventavis?
Ventavis is a prescription medicine used to treat adults with certain kinds of severe pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH)*, a condition in which blood pressure is too high in the blood vessels between the heart and the lungs. Ventavis may improve your ability to exercise and your symptoms for a short time by lowering your blood pressure and opening up the blood vessels in your lungs.
- In the key clinical study, Ventavis showed clinical improvement as defined by 3 specific measurements: ability to exercise as measured by the 6-minute walk test, symptoms (NYHA Functional Class), and decrease in the worsening of PAH* symptoms.1
- Ventavis is a medication you breathe in through a special device called the I-neb Adaptive Aerosol Delivery (AAD) System.
The study showing Ventavis is effective included mainly patients with NYHA Functional Class III-IV PAH*. In these patients, PAH* was caused by unidentified or hereditary factors (65%) or connective tissue diseases (23%).
Ventavis has not been studied in children younger than 18 years old.
How is Ventavis taken?
Ventavis is inhaled through a special system called the I-neb AAD System, which is compact, portable, and lightweight. The I-neb AAD System is small—about the size of a box of kitchen matches—and it has an internal rechargeable battery like a cell phone, so you can take your medication almost anywhere at any time. Ventavis should be inhaled as your doctor prescribes, usually 6-9 times a day, but not more often than every 2 hours.1
How can Ventavis help?
The benefits of Ventavis therapy†‡:
- Ventavis is an inhaled PAH* therapy that can be given alone to help patients improve their PAH* symptoms and walk farther. It can also be safely used with many other drugs.
- Patients felt better doing ordinary physical activities and improved their NYHA Functional Class.1
- Patients were able to walk farther in a timed test.1
- Ventavis decreased the worsening of PAH* symptoms.1