Tyvaso

(treprostinil)

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Improves ability to exercise in pulmonary arterial hypertension.

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Our bottom line

Tyvaso (treprostinil) is good for improving exercise capabilities in certain stages of pulmonary arterial hypertension, but each dose only lasts 4 hours at a time.

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Quick facts about Tyvaso
  • Drug class: respiratory
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: No lower cost generic available

Upsides

  • Tyvaso (treprostinil) can help improve your quality of life by improving your ability to exercise.
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Downsides

  • You have to use Tyvaso (treprostinil) four times a day.
  • Tyvaso (treprostinil) must be prepared and then inhaled through a special device (Tyvaso Inhalation System).
  • Tyvaso (treprostinil) can irritate the skin and eyes if the solution spills.
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How it works

Tyvaso (treprostinil) is a prostacyclin. It works to open up or widen the blood vessels in your lungs and the rest of your body.

Quick facts about Tyvaso
  • Drug class: respiratory
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: No lower cost generic available

Used for

  • Exercise tolerance in pulmonary arterial hypertension

Dosage forms

  • Inhaler
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What to expect when you take Tyvaso (treprostinil) for Pulmonary arterial hypertension

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  • Possible side effects
  • Cough
  • Headache
  • Throat discomfort and pain
  • Nausea
  • Skin flushing
  • Fainting
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Side effect rates for Tyvaso (treprostinil)

From 235 clinical trials of Tyvaso when taken for pulmonary arterial hypertension (dose was qid, with initial at 3 breaths qid. if tolerated (stable bp, no flushing, etc), dose will increase to target of 9 breaths qid)
  • Cough
    62%62%
    35%35%
  • Headache
    47%47%
    27%27%
  • Throat discomfort and pain
    28%28%
    17%17%
  • Nausea
    22%22%
    13%13%
  • Skin flushing
    17%17%
    1%1%
  • Fainting
    7%7%
    1%1%
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The placebo bar shows how common a side effect was for people taking a sugar pill instead of Tyvaso.

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People taking Tyvaso felt side effect more

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Risks and Warnings for Tyvaso (treprostinil)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Asthma
    • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
    • Lung infection

    Tyvaso (treprostinil) has not been studied in people with severe lung diseases (asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) or infections. If you have a lung infection, your doctor will want to monitor you more closely to make sure Tyvaso (treprostinil) is still working well for you.

Common concerns from people taking Tyvaso (treprostinil)

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Kidneys and liver
  • If you have kidney or liver problems, your body won't be able to process Tyvaso (treprostinil) as well and there will be higher levels of it in your body. Let your doctor know about all your health conditions, and they will likely increase your dose of Tyvaso (treprostinil) more slowly to avoid side effects.