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Flolan (Epoprostenol Sodium) for Injection

Flolan (Epoprostenol Sodium) for Injection

General Information

Flolan (Epoprostenol Sodium) is indicated for the treatment of pulmonary arterial hypertension. It is one form of a broader condition known as pulmonary hypertension. It is high blood pressure in the lungs.

This medication will help increase your ability to exercise. It will also improve symptoms such as shortness of breath and tiredness.

How does Flolan (Epoprostenol Sodium) work?

Flolan (Epoprostenol Sodium) is a member of the family of prostaglandins. That is derived from arachidonic acid. This medication is the vasodilatation of the pulmonary and systemic vascular beds. It is the widening of narrowed blood vessels in the lung and other parts of the body. It also inhibits platelet clumping or aggregation. This works by relaxing and widening the blood vessels in the lungs. It is to let the blood flow more easily.

Why use Flolan (Epoprostenol Sodium)?

Flolan (Epoprostenol Sodium) belongs to the class of medications called vasodilators. This medication is sterile sodium salt that is a white to off-white powder.  This is formulated for intravenous administration. Each vial of this medication contains Epoprostenol Sodium as an active ingredient. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved this medication.

How to use Flolan (Epoprostenol Sodium)?

Take this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it. Take it exactly as it is prescribed. Do not take it more often than the prescription.

Flolan (Epoprostenol Sodium)for Injection is usually given by your doctor at the start of this medication. This is given as a continuous injection into the vein using an infusion pump or as directed by your doctor.

Do not suddenly increase or change your dose without consulting your doctor. The dosage is based on your medical condition and response to the drug.

What are the side-effects of Flolan (Epoprostenol Sodium)?

  • Vomiting
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Diarrhea
  • Flushing (warmth, redness, or tingly feeling)
  • Headache
  • Stomach pain
  • Sweating
  • Muscle or joint pain
  • Jaw pain
  • Nervousness
  • Anxiety
  • Agitation
  • Injection site reactions (redness, pain, or swelling)

Warnings and Precautions

  • You must learn how to properly care for your injection site and how to avoid infection. Learn also how to store and discard needles and medical supplies safely.
  • Tell your doctor if you are allergic to the drug.
  • Let your doctor know about the medical history that you had.
  • Keep this at a dry and clean place away from the reach of children.