Contact a Case Manager for assistance

at 1-866-ACTELION
(1-866-228-3546).

Mon-Fri, 8 am-8 pm ET.

Getting Started on VENTAVIS® (iloprost) Inhalation Solution

VENTAVIS is usually delivered by a specialty pharmacy—it’s not something that’s kept in stock at your local pharmacy. The following is a typical process when starting out with VENTAVIS, but your experience may vary.

  1. Prescription

    Your doctor selects VENTAVIS as your new treatment.

    • Your healthcare team completes all the forms necessary to start you on the Actelion medicine
  2. VENTAVIS training

    A specialty pharmacy nurse meets with you to help you understand how to take VENTAVIS with the I-neb® AAD® System.

    • VENTAVIS can only be taken using this system. This training session can take place at your home or in a doctor's office

  3. Insurance verification

    The insurance company may ask your healthcare provider for additional information before they pay for your medicine.

    • The specialty pharmacy will contact you or your healthcare team if they need more information

  4. Delivery of medicine

    VENTAVIS is shipped to you by a specialty pharmacy.

    • The shipment is usually quick, but the process leading up to your first delivery could take up to 2 weeks or more
    • Before shipping, the specialty pharmacy will call you to confirm some details, including the shipment date. Be sure to answer, or call the specialty pharmacy back if they leave a message
  5. Refills

    Once your doctor verifies your prescription, the specialty pharmacy will ship your refill.

Remember, the call from your specialty pharmacy may come from a phone number that you don’t know. If you miss the call, it’s important that you call back.

Once you start taking VENTAVIS, be sure to contact your healthcare provider if you have any questions.

Next: Learn about financial support resources in Finding Support and Financial Assistance






IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION

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.
See More

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.

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION

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.
See More

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.

VENTAVIS has not been studied in children younger than 18 years old.

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 FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Please see full Prescribing Information.