Conivaptan Generic Name:
Conivaptan (koe-NYE-vap-tan)Brand Name:
Conivaptan is used for:
Treating low blood sodium levels in certain patients.
Conivaptan is an arginine vasopressin receptor antagonist. It works by increasing fluid excretion from the body, which helps to normalize blood sodium levels.
Do NOT use Conivaptan if:
- you are allergic to any ingredient in Conivaptan
- you have low blood sodium levels along with low blood or fluid volume
- you are taking ketoconazole, itraconazole, clarithromycin, ritonavir, or indinavir
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
Before using Conivaptan :
Some medical conditions may interact with Conivaptan . Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:
- if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
- if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
- if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
- if you have congestive heart failure, liver problems, or kidney problems
Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Conivaptan . Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:
- Clarithromycin, indinavir, itraconazole, ketoconazole, or ritonavir because they may increase the risk of Conivaptan 's side effects
- Digoxin because the risk of its side effects may be increased by Conivaptan
- HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors (eg, atorvastatin) because the risk of muscle problems may be increased
This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Conivaptan 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.
How to use Conivaptan :
Use Conivaptan as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
- Conivaptan is usually given as an injection at your doctor's office, hospital, or clinic. If you will be using Conivaptan at home, a health care provider will teach you how to use it. Be sure you understand how to use Conivaptan . Follow the procedures you are taught when you use a dose. Contact your health care provider if you have any questions.
- Do not use Conivaptan if it contains particles, is cloudy or discolored, or if the vial is cracked or damaged.
- Keep this product, as well as syringes and needles, out of the reach of children and pets. Do not reuse needles, syringes, or other materials. Ask your health care provider how to dispose of these materials after use. Follow all local rules for disposal.
- If you miss a dose of Conivaptan , contact your doctor right away.
Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Conivaptan .
Important safety information:
- Conivaptan may cause dizziness. These effects may be worse if you take it with alcohol or certain medicines. Use Conivaptan with caution. Do not drive or perform other possibly unsafe tasks until you know how you react to it.
- Conivaptan may cause dizziness, lightheadedness, or fainting; alcohol, hot weather, exercise, or fever may increase these effects. To prevent them, sit up or stand slowly, especially in the morning. Sit or lie down at the first sign of any of these effects.
- Diabetes patients - Conivaptan may affect your blood sugar. Check blood sugar levels closely. Ask your doctor before you change the dose of your diabetes medicine.
- Lab tests, including blood sodium levels and neurologic tests, may be performed while you use Conivaptan . These tests may be used to monitor your condition or check for side effects. Be sure to keep all doctor and lab appointments.
- Conivaptan should be used with extreme caution in CHILDREN; safety and effectiveness in children have not been confirmed.
- PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: Conivaptan may cause harm to the fetus. If you think you may be pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using Conivaptan while pregnant. It is not known if Conivaptan is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you are using Conivaptan , check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.
Possible side effects of Conivaptan :
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; diarrhea; dry mouth; headache; increased thirst; nausea; trouble sleeping; vomiting.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); blood in the urine; confusion; drowsiness; fast or irregular heartbeat; fever; increased or painful urination; increased sweating; mental or mood changes; pain, irritation, or swelling at injection site; rapid breathing; severe or persistent dizziness; severe or persistent increase in thirst; tremor; unusual tiredness or weakness; white patches in the mouth.
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.
If OVERDOSE is suspected:
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. Symptoms may include severe or persistent dizziness; severe or persistent increase in thirst.Proper storage of Conivaptan :
Conivaptan is usually handled and stored by a health care provider. If you are using Conivaptan at home, store Conivaptan as directed by your pharmacist or health care provider. Keep Conivaptan out of the reach of children and away from pets.
- If you have any questions about Conivaptan , please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- Conivaptan is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
- If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
This information is a summary only. It does not contain all information about Conivaptan . 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.
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