Information about Terlipressin

Terlipressin Uses

Terlipressin is used in the treatment of bleeding esophageal varices.

How Terlipressin works

Terlipressin works on the walls of blood vessels, causing them narrow and decrease the blood flow into the affected veins. This helps to stop or slow the bleeding.

Common side effects of Terlipressin

Abdominal cramp, Diarrhea, Headache, High blood pressure, Pale skin, Slow heart rate
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Expert advice for Terlipressin

  • Terlipressin is given as an injection into veins under the supervision of a doctor.
  • It makes you feel dizzy or lightheaded. To lower the chance of feeling dizzy or passing out, rise slowly if you have been sitting or lying down.
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant or are breastfeeding.

Frequently asked questions for Terlipressin

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Q. How does Terlipressin work?

Terlipressin works by decreasing the blood flow to the gastrointestinal system and helps to reduce gastrointestinal bleeding caused by high blood pressure in the liver or swollen blood vessels in the esophagus.

Q. Who should not take Terlipressin?

Terlipressin should not be given to anyone with a known allergy or hypersensitivity to Terlipressin or any of its ingredients.

Q. What should I tell my doctor before starting treatment with Terlipressin?

Before starting treatment with Terlipressin, tell your doctor if you have any other health problems, like kidney or liver-related issues, breathing issues like asthma, heart related ailments like uncontrollable or high blood pressure, irregular heartbeat, etc. This is because certain medical conditions may affect your treatment and you may even need dose modifications. Let your doctor know about all the other medicines you are taking because they may affect, or be affected by, this medicine. Inform your doctor if you are planning a baby, if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Q. How do you give Terlipressin?

Terlipressin is given by a doctor or nurse into the muscle or under the skin. It should not be self-administered. The dose will depend on the body weight of the patient and will be decided by your doctor. Follow your doctor’s instructions carefully to get maximum benefit from Terlipressin.

Q. Can Terlipressin be used in children?

There is not enough data available for its use in children. For any doubts, consult your doctor.

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