Taking Ventavis (iloprost) with the I-neb AAD
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
What does AAD stand for?
Adaptive Aerosol Delivery.
- The word "Adaptive" is important because it means that this system adjusts to fit your breathing pattern each time you use it. It releases the medicine (as a mist) only when you breathe in. This helps you get exactly the right dose every time.2
- "Aerosol" means fine mist.
Why is Ventavis inhaled?
Inhaling Ventavis gets it right to the lungs—the site of the disease. There are other ways to deliver medications like Ventavis into the body that require pumps, needles, and catheters.
Can I take Ventavis only with the I-neb AAD System?
Ventavis must be taken with the I-neb AAD System because it is the only system approved by the FDA and available for use with Ventavis. This special hand-held system turns Ventavis liquid medicine into a fine mist (or "aerosol") that you breathe in.2 Its advanced technology provides direct-to-lung delivery of Ventavis.
A high-tech hand-held system
The I-neb AAD System has been developed with high-tech features so that it:
- Adjusts to fit your breathing pattern each time you use it (unlike other nebulizers that make you adjust when and how you breathe)2
- Produces a fine mist2 that can reach into the tiny airways throughout the lungs
- Makes sure dosing is accurate every time you take Ventavis2
- Records treatment information to help your doctor follow your progress
Hand carrying case
The I-neb AAD System is compact, portable, and comes with a convenient over-the-shoulder carrying case, making your treatments accessible and easy when you're on the go.
Learning how to use the I-neb AAD System
After you receive your Ventavis prescription and I-neb AAD System from your specialty pharmacy, they will schedule a meeting between you and a Ventavis-trained nurse educator. The nurse educator will meet with you (either at home or in your doctor's office) to show you how to take your Ventavis treatments, and how to use and clean the I-neb AAD System:
- Each treatment should take about 4-10 minutes.
- If you notice that your treatments are starting to take longer than usual, call your specialty pharmacy to ask for help
- Or you can call Actelion's Patient Services Department. Our team of Registered Nurses and Respiratory Therapists will be glad to help answer your questions and get you back on track. Call 1-866-ACTELION (1-866-228-3546) Monday through Friday, 12 pm–8 pm (ET)/9 am–5 pm (PT). When prompted, press #6 and enter 814008.
To learn more about Ventavis and watch videos about using the I-neb AAD System, go to the Learning Center.