PROSTACYCLIN RECEPTOR AGONIST
Uptravi is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to delay disease progression and reduce the risk of hospitalization in cases of pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). Uptravi may be referred to by its drug name, Selexipag.
Uptravi is a prostacyclin receptor agonist. Prostacyclin is a type of prostaglandin. Prostaglandins are hormone-like compounds made by the body. In cases of PAH, prostaglandins are believed to work in two ways. First, prostaglandins dilate the blood vessels of the lung, increasing the blood flow and the amount of oxygen the cells receive. Second, prostaglandins help slow scarring in the blood vessels of the lungs, slowing the progress of the disease and potentially even reversing some damage. Uptravi is believed to work by making cells more receptive to prostaglandins.read more
How do I take it?
Prescribing information states that Uptravi is taken orally twice daily.
Uptravi comes in tablet form.
The FDA-approved label for Uptravi lists common side effects including headache, muscle pain, jaw pain, pain in extremities, flushed skin, nausea, and diarrhea.
Rare but serious side effects listed for Uptravi include an increased pulmonary edema (fluid in the lungs).
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