Riociguat must not be used during pregnancy. It may harm an unborn baby. It is important to prevent pregnancy while taking this medication and for 1 month after treatment. Therefore, female patients must use reliable birth control during treatment and for 1 month after the end of treatment. Ask your doctor which forms of birth control to use while taking this medication. Female patients must take a pregnancy test before starting treatment, take a monthly pregnancy test during treatment, and take a pregnancy test 1 month after the end of treatment. If you become pregnant or think you may be pregnant, tell your doctor right away.
To receive this medication, all doctors, pharmacists, and female patients must understand, agree to, and carefully follow the requirements of the Adempas REMS program developed by the FDA. These requirements apply to female patients in the United States only. If you live in Canada or any other country, consult your doctor and pharmacist for your country's regulations.
Riociguat is used to treat high blood pressure in the lungs (pulmonary hypertension). It can also be used to treat a certain type of high blood pressure in the lungs caused by blood clots (chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension) when surgery has not been fully successful or is impossible. Riociguat works by relaxing and widening the blood vessels in your lungs so blood can flow more easily. Decreasing high blood pressure in the lungs allows your heart and lungs to work better and improves your ability to exercise.
How to use Riociguat Tablet
Read the Medication Guide and, if available, the Patient Information Leaflet provided by your pharmacist before you start taking riociguat and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Take this medication by mouth with or without food as directed by your doctor, usually 3 times daily. The dosage is based on your medical condition, response to treatment, and other medications you may be taking. Be sure to tell your doctor and pharmacist about all the products you use (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products).
Take this medication 1 hour before or after taking antacids that contain aluminum or magnesium. These products prevent your body from fully absorbing riociguat.
To reduce your risk of side effects (such as low blood pressure), your doctor may direct you to start this medication at a low dose and gradually increase your dose. Follow your doctor's instructions carefully.
Use this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, take it at the same times each day.
Do not increase your dose or use this drug more often than prescribed. Your condition will not improve any faster, and your risk of side effects will increase.
Tell your doctor if your condition does not improve or if it worsens.
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