Revatio belongs to a group of medicines called phosphodiesterase type 5 inhibitors. Revatio brings down pulmonary blood pressure by widening the blood vessels in the lungs. Revatio is used to treat pulmonary arterial hypertension (high blood pressure in the blood vessels in the lungs).
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Do not take Revatio
- If you are allergic (hypersensitive) to sildenafil or any of the other ingredients of Revatio.
- If you are taking medicines containing nitrates, or nitric oxide donors such as amyl nitrate (?poppers?). These medicines are often given for relief of angina pectoris (or ?chest pain?). Revatio can cause a serious increase in the effects of these medicines. Tell your doctor if you are taking any of these medicines. If you are not certain, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
- If you have recently had a stroke, a heart attack or if you have severe liver disease or very low blood pressure (<90/50mmHg).</li>
- If you are taking a medicine containing ketoconazole or itraconazole (to treat fungal infections) or containing ritonavir (for HIV).
- If you have ever had loss of vision because of a problem with blood flow to the nerve in the eye called non-arteritic anterior ischaemic optic neuropathy (NAION).
Take special care with Revatio
Tell your doctor
- If you have a severe heart problem.
- If you have Retinitis pigmentosa (a rare inherited eye disease).
- If you have sickle cell anaemia (an abnormality of red blood cells), leukaemia (cancer of blood cells), multiple myeloma (cancer of bone marrow), or any disease or deformity of the penis.
- If you currently have a stomach ulcer, a bleeding disorder (such as haemophilia) or problems with nose bleeds.
- If your disease is due to a blocked or narrow vein in the lungs rather than a blocked or narrow artery.
- If you experience sudden decrease or loss of vision, stop takingRevatio and contact your doctor immediately.
Special considerations for children and adolescents
Revatio should not be given to children and adolescents under the age of 18.
Special considerations for patients with kidney or liver problems
You should tell your doctor if you have kidney or liver problems, as your dose may need to be adjusted.
Taking other medicines
Please tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking or have recently taken any other medicines, including medicines obtained without a prescription.
If you are taking other therapies for pulmonary hypertension (e.g. bosentan, iloprost) ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking Revatio.
If you are taking medicines containing St. John?s Wort (herbal medicinal product), rifampicin (used to treat bacterial infections), carbamazepine, phenytoin and phenobarbital (used, among others, to treat epilepsy) please inform your doctor or pharmacy before taking Revatio.
If you are taking medicines that inhibit blood clotting (for example warfarin) please inform your doctor or pharmacist before taking Revatio.
If you are taking medicines containing erythromycin, clarithromycin, telithromycin (these are antibiotics used to treat certain bacterial infections), saquinavir (for HIV) or nefazodone (for mental depression), ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking Revatio, as your dose may need to be adjusted.
If you are taking alpha-blocker therapy for the treatment of high blood pressure or prostate problems, ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking Revatio.
Taking Revatio with food and drink
Revatio can be taken with or without food.
Pregnancy and breast feeding
If you are pregnant, or think you might be pregnant, ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking Revatio. Revatio should not be used during pregnancy unless strictly necessary.Stop breast feeding when you start Revatio treatment. Revatio should not be given to women who are breast feeding since it is not known if the medicine passes into the breast milk.
Driving and using machines
Revatio can cause dizziness and can affect vision. You should be aware of how you react to the medicinal product before you drive or use machinery.
Important information about some of the ingredients of Revatio
If you have been told by your doctor that you have an intolerance to some sugars, contact your doctor before taking this medicinal product.
Always take Revatio exactly as your doctor has told you. You should check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure. The recommended dose is 20mg three times a day (taken 6 to 8 hours apart) taken with or without food.
If you take more Revatio than you should
You should not take more tablets than your doctor tells you to.
If you take more tablets than you have been told to take contact your doctor.
If you forget to take Revatio
If you forget to take Revatio, take a dose as soon as you remember, then continue to take your tablets at the usual times. Do not take a double dose to make up for a forgotten dose.
If you stop taking Revatio
Suddenly stopping your treatment with Revatio may lead to your symptoms getting worse. Do not stop taking Revatio unless your doctor tells you to. Your doctor may tell you to reduce the dose over a few days before stopping completely.
If you have any further questions on the use of this product, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Like all medicines, Revatio can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.
In clinical trials side effects reported very commonly (seen in more than 1 in 10 patients) were headache, facial flushing, indigestion, diarrhoea and limb pain.
Other side effects reported commonly (seen in less than 1 in 10 but more than 1 in 100 patients) included: infection under the skin, flu-like symptoms, sinusitis, anaemia, fluid retention, difficulty sleeping, anxiety, migraine, tremor, pins and needles, burning sensation, reduced skin sensation, bleeding at the back of the eye, effects on vision, blurred vision and light sensitivity, effects on colour vision, eye irritation, bloodshot eyes /red eyes, vertigo, bronchitis, nosebleed, runny nose, cough, stuffy nose, stomach inflammation, gastroenteritis, heartburn, piles, abdominal distension, dry mouth, hair loss, redness of the skin, night sweats, muscle aches, back pain and increased body temperature.
Other side effects reported less commonly (seen in less than 1 in 100 but more than 1 in 1000 patients) included: reduced sharpness of vision, double vision, abnormal sensation in the eye and breast enlargement in men.
Skin rash has also been reported.
Sudden decrease or loss of hearing has been reported.
Decreased blood pressure has been reported.
Revatio contains the same active substance, sildenafil, that is used to treat men with male erectile dysfunction (MED). Sildenafil belongs to a class of medicine called phosphodiesterase type 5 (PDE5) inhibitors. When used to treat MED, the following visual side effects have been reported with PDE5 inhibitors, including sildenafil: partial, sudden, temporary, or permanent decrease or loss of vision in one or both eyes.
Prolonged and sometimes painful erections have been reported after taking sildenafil. If you have such an erection, which lasts continuously for more than 4 hours, you should contact a doctor immediately.
If any of the side effects gets serious, or if you notice any side effects not listed in this leaflet, please tell your doctor or pharmacist
Keep out of the reach and sight of children.
Do not use Revatio after the expiry date which is stated on the carton. The expiry date refers to the last day of that month.
Do not store above 30OC. Store in the original package in order to protect from moisture
Medicines should not be disposed of via wastewater or household waste. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medicines no longer required. These measures will help to protect the environment.
What Revatio contains
- The active substance is sildenafil. Each tablet contains 20mg of sildenafil (as the citrate).
- The other ingredients are:Tablet core: microcrystalline cellulose, calcium hydrogen phosphate (anhydrous), croscarmellose sodium, magnesium stearate.Film coat: hypromellose, titanium dioxide (E171), lactose monohydrate, glycerol triacetate
What Revatio looks like and contents of the pack
Revatio film-coated tablets are white and round in shape. The tablets are marked with ?PFIZER? on one side and ?RVT 20? on the other. The tablets are provided in blister packs containing 90 tablets (15 tablets per blister strip).
Marketing Authorisation Holder and Manufacturer
Marketing Authorisation Holder:
Pfizer Limited , Sandwich, Kent , CT13 9NJ, United Kingdom.
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