Staying on Track With Tyvaso
If you have been taking Tyvaso for a while, it's important to remember that even if you are feeling better, you should continue to take Tyvaso each day exactly as your healthcare provider tells you. Remember, pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) is a progressive disease, and it's important to keep taking your medication as prescribed for the best results. If you have any questions or concerns, always talk to your doctor.
Now that you have adjusted to your treatment routine, it's a great time to reach out for support. To get started, check out the lifestyle suggestions below. We also encourage you to connect with a Tyvaso PEER Mentor, sign up for information and ongoing support, and check out additional support resources.
Are you ready to share your experience?
If you have been taking Tyvaso for at least 6 months, you are eligible to become a Tyvaso PEER Mentor. You can share your own experiences with someone who is just starting out on their treatment journey. To learn more about becoming a Tyvaso PEER Mentor, visit the PEER Network website.
To help manage pulmonary hypertension (PH), including PAH, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) suggests several lifestyle changes that may be helpful. Talk to your doctor about which of these lifestyle changes could help you.
- Quit smoking. Smoking can worsen your symptoms. Ask your doctor or Specialty Pharmacy Services provider about programs and products that can help you quit
- Avoid secondhand smoke
- Eat right. Include in your diet a variety of vegetables, fruits, and whole grains; lean meats, poultry, and fish; fat-free or low-fat dairy products; and foods that are low sodium (salt) or sodium free
- Be active. Ask your doctor what activities are best for you and how much activity is safe
- Avoid activities that strain your heart (such as lifting heavy objects or weights) or that cause your blood pressure to drop (such as using a hot tub or sauna or taking long baths)
- Consult your doctor before flying in an airplane or traveling to high-altitude areas, as it may be advisable to use supplemental oxygen at such times
IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION FOR TYVASO
- Tyvaso is breathed in (inhalable) through your mouth into your lungs. Tyvaso should only be used with the Tyvaso Inhalation System.
Before you take Tyvaso, tell your healthcare provider about all of your medical conditions, including if you:
- Have a lung disease (such as asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)).
- Have a lung infection.
- Have liver or kidney problems, as your ability to tolerate Tyvaso may be affected.
- Have low blood pressure, as Tyvaso may cause symptomatic hypotension (low blood pressure).
- Are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. It is not known if Tyvaso will harm your unborn baby. Women who can become pregnant should use effective birth control while taking Tyvaso.
- Are breast-feeding or plan to breast-feed. It is not known if Tyvaso passes into your breast milk.
It is important to tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you may be taking, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements, as they may affect your use of Tyvaso by increasing the risk of side effects or decreasing effectiveness. Especially tell your healthcare provider if you take any of these medicines:
Medicines that decrease blood clotting such as warfarin or heparin, as Tyvaso reduces the ability of your
blood to clot (coagulate), and increases your risk for bleeding if you are taking blood thinners
Diuretics (water pills), antihypertensives (medications used to treat high blood pressure or heart
disease), or other vasodilators (medications that lower blood pressure), as Tyvaso may increase your
risk for hypotension (low blood pressure).
Gemfibrozil such as Lopid (for high cholesterol) or rifampin such as Rimactane, Rifadin, Rifamate or
Rifater (for infection), as your Tyvaso dosage may need adjustment.
The most common side effects of Tyvaso are coughing, headache, throat irritation and pain, nausea, reddening of the face and neck (flushing), and fainting or loss of consciousness. These are not all the possible side effects of Tyvaso. Tell your healthcare provider about any side effects that bother you or do not go away. Your healthcare provider may be able to help you manage the side effects.
Tyvaso is a prescription medicine used in adults to treat pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) (WHO Group 1), which is high blood pressure in the arteries of your lungs. Tyvaso can improve exercise ability in people who also take bosentan (an endothelin receptor antagonist, (ERA)) or sildenafil (a phosphodiesterase-5 (PDE-5) inhibitor). Your ability to do exercise decreases 4 hours after taking Tyvaso.
The effects of Tyvaso are unknown in patients under 18 years of age.
Please see the Full Prescribing Information, Patient Package Insert, and the Tyvaso Inhalation System Instructions for Use manual.
For additional information about Tyvaso, visit www.tyvaso.com or call 1-877-UNITHER (1-877-864- 8437).
Call your healthcare provider for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
This information is provided for an informational purpose and is not intended as treatment advice. Patients should consult a healthcare professional for treatment advice.