Alvimopan is only approved for use in patients who are in the hospital. Only hospitals enrolled in the E.A.S.E program may dispense Alvimopan to patients.
Alvimopan is for short-term use after bowel resection surgery only. Patients should not receive more than 15 doses of Alvimopan or use it for longer than 7 days.
Shortening recovery time in certain patients who have had bowel resection surgery.
Alvimopan is an opioid receptor blocker. It works in the stomach and bowel to block the effects of opioids and certain substances found in the body. This helps to keep stomach and bowel muscles moving properly.
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
Some medical conditions may interact with Alvimopan . Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:
Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Alvimopan . Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:
This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Alvimopan may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.
Use Alvimopan as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Alvimopan .
All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:
Constipation; gas; indigestion.Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:
Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); chest pain, numbness of an arm or leg, fainting, or sudden severe headache or vomiting; fast, slow, or irregular heartbeat; muscle cramps, pain, or weakness; severe or persistent diarrhea, stomach pain, or stomach cramps; trouble urinating or inability to urinate; unusual tiredness or weakness.
This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.
Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center (http://www.aapcc.org), or emergency room immediately.Proper storage of Alvimopan :
Store Alvimopan at 77 degrees F (25 degrees C). Brief storage at temperatures between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C) is permitted. Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep Alvimopan out of the reach of children and away from pets.
This information is a summary only. It does not contain all information about Alvimopan . If you have questions about the medicine you are taking or would like more information, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.