Iloprost (Ventavis)
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Iloprost is a medication used to treat pulmonary arterial hypertension, a type of high blood pressure in the lungs that affects heart function.

Iloprost works by relaxing the blood vessels in the lungs, which decreases pressure and improves heart function.

Quick Reference Information

The student must be allowed to leave the classroom multiple times a day to complete treatments as directed. Treatments take five to 15 minutes each and must be taken at least two hours apart.

How it’s administered

Iloprost is inhaled through a plastic device called an I-neb. This device delivers the medication as a mist inhaled through the mouth.

Iloprost needs to be administered six to nine times a day during waking hours.

Allow at least two hours between inhaled treatment times.

The treatment takes five to 15 minutes, including setting up, taking the iloprost treatment and cleaning up.

Common side effects

  • Flushing
  • Increased cough
  • Dizziness/fainting
  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Jaw pain
  • Chest pain
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Shortness of breath
  • Lower leg swelling

If symptoms or side effects persist, or you are concerned about other side effects the student might  have, contact the parents or emergency contact.

Additional information

Please review additional information provided by the parent or specialty pharmacy representative about I-neb. All students should have back-up I-neb devices with them at school.