Understanding Your Role

Working with your healthcare team

START

 

Review the information in your Welcome Folder and starter kit:

When your doctor prescribes VENTAVIS, you will receive a welcome folder in the mail from Actelion Pathways®, and the specialty pharmacy will provide you with a starter kit. Read the materials that come with these two pieces. This information will help you know what to expect while getting started on and taking VENTAVIS.

 
 

Stay in contact:

Return phone calls from Actelion Pathways and your specialty pharmacy. They are working to support you and make certain you receive your medicine.

 
 

Schedule your training:

When contacted by your specialty pharmacy, schedule a meeting with the nurse educator to start your treatment. A nurse will come to your home or doctor's office to get you started on VENTAVIS. Actelion Patient Services provides a dedicated team of Registered Nurses who are available to answer your questions about VENTAVIS or the I-neb® Adaptive Aerosol Delivery (AAD®) System, including:

  • What to expect from VENTAVIS treatment
  • Use of the I-neb AAD System
  • Cleaning and maintenance of the I-neb AAD System

You may receive information updates from Actelion Patient Services about changes or improvements in the I-neb AAD System or new or expanded information about treatment with VENTAVIS.

STAY

Set a goal:

  • Setting a goal can help keep you motivated to stay on VENTAVIS—but it's important to set realistic expectations. Some people may want to be able to walk around the block. Others may want to attend their child's soccer match.
  • Choose something that's meaningful and realistically obtainable in your life.
  • Continue to take VENTAVIS as directed by your doctor: Understand that treatment with VENTAVIS is different than taking a pill. Do your best to stay with your treatments and make VENTAVIS a part of your life.
  • Keep in close contact with your healthcare support team.
  • Call Actelion Pathways with your questions about VENTAVIS or your I-neb AAD.

STRIVE

  • Track your progress and remind yourself what your goal is daily.
  • Remember that in chronic diseases like PAH it is important to follow the directions of your healthcare team. They want you to do your best to reach your treatment goals.
  • Share your successes with your friends and loved ones.

What is VENTAVIS?

VENTAVIS® (iloprost) Inhalation Solution 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.

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.

What should I tell my doctor before taking VENTAVIS?

VENTAVIS may not be right for you. Before taking VENTAVIS, tell your doctor about all of your medical conditions, including if you:

  • have liver or kidney problems. Your doctor may need to give you a lower dose of VENTAVIS.
  • are pregnant, or plan to become pregnant. It is not known if VENTAVIS can harm your unborn baby. VENTAVIS should only be used during pregnancy if the benefit to you is worth the possible risk to your baby.
  • are breast-feeding. It is not known if VENTAVIS passes into your breast milk. You and your doctor should decide if you will take VENTAVIS or breast feed.

Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

VENTAVIS and other medicines may affect each other causing side effects. VENTAVIS may affect the way other medicines work, and other medicines may affect how VENTAVIS works.

Especially tell your doctor if you take:

  • medicines used to treat high blood pressure or heart problems
  • medicines that lessen blood clotting (warfarin, Coumadin, Jantoven)

Know the medicines you take. Keep a list of your medicines and show it to your doctor and pharmacist when you get a new medicine.

How should I take VENTAVIS?

  • Take VENTAVIS exactly as your doctor tells you to take it. Your doctor may change your dose if needed.
  • You should not take VENTAVIS more than every 2 hours. The benefits of VENTAVIS may not last 2 hours, so you may adjust the times that you use it to cover planned activities.
  • Do not drink VENTAVIS.
  • Do not let VENTAVIS solution come into contact with your skin or eyes. If it does, rinse your skin or eyes with water right away.
  • Do not allow other people to be exposed to VENTAVIS while you are breathing it, especially babies and pregnant women.
  • If you take too much VENTAVIS, you may have a headache, red face, dizziness, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. If this happens stop taking VENTAVIS. If your symptoms do not go away, call your doctor or get emergency help right away.

What are the possible side effects of VENTAVIS?

VENTAVIS may cause side effects, including feeling dizzy, lightheaded and faint. If you have any of these side effects, you should stand up slowly when you get out of chairs or bed. Tell your doctor if your fainting gets worse during treatment with VENTAVIS. Your doctor may need to change your dose or 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.

You may have trouble breathing after taking VENTAVIS because it may cause the muscles around your airway to tighten (bronchospasm). Get emergency help right away if you have trouble breathing.

Other important side effects of VENTAVIS include:

  • bleeding
  • red face (flushing)
  • increased cough
  • low blood pressure
  • headaches
  • nausea
  • spasm of your jaw muscles that makes it hard to open your mouth

Talk to your doctor if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away.

These are not all the possible side effects of VENTAVIS. For more information, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or www.fda.gov/medwatch.

Please see full Prescribing Information.

What is VENTAVIS?

VENTAVIS® (iloprost) Inhalation Solution 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.

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.

What should I tell my doctor before taking VENTAVIS?

VENTAVIS may not be right for you. Before taking VENTAVIS, tell your doctor about all of your medical conditions, including if you:

  • have liver or kidney problems. Your doctor may need to give you a lower dose of VENTAVIS.
  • are pregnant, or plan to become pregnant. It is not known if VENTAVIS can harm your unborn baby. VENTAVIS should only be used during pregnancy if the benefit to you is worth the possible risk to your baby.
  • are breast-feeding. It is not known if VENTAVIS passes into your breast milk. You and your doctor should decide if you will take VENTAVIS or breast feed.

Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

VENTAVIS and other medicines may affect each other causing side effects. VENTAVIS may affect the way other medicines work, and other medicines may affect how VENTAVIS works.

Especially tell your doctor if you take:

  • medicines used to treat high blood pressure or heart problems
  • medicines that lessen blood clotting (warfarin, Coumadin, Jantoven)

Know the medicines you take. Keep a list of your medicines and show it to your doctor and pharmacist when you get a new medicine.

How should I take VENTAVIS?

  • Take VENTAVIS exactly as your doctor tells you to take it. Your doctor may change your dose if needed.
  • You should not take VENTAVIS more than every 2 hours. The benefits of VENTAVIS may not last 2 hours, so you may adjust the times that you use it to cover planned activities.
  • Do not drink VENTAVIS.
  • Do not let VENTAVIS solution come into contact with your skin or eyes. If it does, rinse your skin or eyes with water right away.
  • Do not allow other people to be exposed to VENTAVIS while you are breathing it, especially babies and pregnant women.
  • If you take too much VENTAVIS, you may have a headache, red face, dizziness, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. If this happens stop taking VENTAVIS. If your symptoms do not go away, call your doctor or get emergency help right away.

What are the possible side effects of VENTAVIS?

VENTAVIS may cause side effects, including feeling dizzy, lightheaded and faint. If you have any of these side effects, you should stand up slowly when you get out of chairs or bed. Tell your doctor if your fainting gets worse during treatment with VENTAVIS. Your doctor may need to change your dose or 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.

You may have trouble breathing after taking VENTAVIS because it may cause the muscles around your airway to tighten (bronchospasm). Get emergency help right away if you have trouble breathing.

Other important side effects of VENTAVIS include:

  • bleeding
  • red face (flushing)
  • increased cough
  • low blood pressure
  • headaches
  • nausea
  • spasm of your jaw muscles that makes it hard to open your mouth

Talk to your doctor if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away.

These are not all the possible side effects of VENTAVIS. For more information, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or www.fda.gov/medwatch.

Please see full Prescribing Information.