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Tolvaptan
What is it? Overview Usage Side Effects and Warnings
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Tolvaptan Overview

Written by FoundHealth.

(tol VAP tan)

U.S. Brand Names

Samsca™

Pharmacologic Category

Vasopressin Antagonist

What key warnings should I know about before taking this medicine?

• This medicine should be started and restarted in a hospital setting with close monitoring of sodium levels. Serious effects can occur from correcting low sodium levels too fast. Talk with healthcare provider.

• This medicine does not mix well with many medicines. Serious reactions may occur. Check all medicines with healthcare provider.

• Please read the medication guide.

Reasons not to take this medicine

• If you have an allergy to tolvaptan or any other part of this medicine.

• Tell healthcare provider if you are allergic to any medicine. Make sure to tell about the allergy and how it affected you. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other symptoms involved.

• If you have severe kidney disease or cannot tell when you are thirsty.

• If you have a low sodium level that needs increased right away. Talk with healthcare provider.

• If you are breast-feeding.

How does it work?

• Tolvaptan prevents the kidney from absorbing too much water and causing low sodium levels.

How is it best taken?

• Take this medicine with or without food. Take with food if it causes an upset stomach.

What do I do if I miss a dose? (does not apply to patients in the hospital)

• Take a missed dose as soon as possible.

• If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your regular schedule.

• Do not take a double dose or extra doses.

• Do not change dose or stop medicine. Talk with healthcare provider.

What should I monitor?

• Change in condition being treated. Is it better, worse, or about the same?

• Check blood work regularly. Talk with healthcare provider.

• Dry mouth may cause an increase in cavities. Take good care of your teeth. See a dentist regularly.

• You will be monitored closely by healthcare provider.

How should I store this medicine?

• Store at room temperature.

• Protect from moisture. Do not store in a bathroom or kitchen.

General statements

• If you have a life-threatening allergy, wear allergy identification at all times.

• Do not share your medicine with others and do not take anyone else's medicine.

• Keep all medicine out of the reach of children and pets.

• Most medicines can be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.

• Keep a list of all your medicines (prescription, natural products, supplements, vitamins, over-the-counter) with you. Give this list to healthcare provider (doctor, nurse, nurse practitioner, pharmacist, physician assistant).

• Talk with healthcare provider before starting any new medicine, including over-the-counter, natural products, or vitamins.

• Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or in Canada to Health Canada's Canada Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.

• Read the package insert for more details.

Created: 2009-06-05 08:23:53.0

Modified: 2010-03-22 11:24:47.0

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