Terlipressin

How It Works:

Terlipressin belongs to class of medicines called vasopressin analogues. It 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 food pipe (esophagus).

Side Effects:

abdominal cramps, insufficient supply of oxygen to heart, paleness., Headache, loss of breathe rhythm, shortening of breathe, diarrhea

Used For:

Terlipressin is used to treat bleeding in the food pipe and hepatorenal syndrome (rapid deterioration of kidney function in patients with liver damage/ failure).

Instructions:

  • Inform your doctor if you have or ever had breathing problems, hypertension, brain problems, heart problems, or kidney problems.
  • Do not consume alcohol with terlipressin as it may lead to serious side effects.
  • Tell your doctor if you are or planning to become pregnant or are breastfeeding.

Frequently Ask Questions:

Q. Is terlipressin safe in pregnancy?Terlipressin should not be used in pregnancy or by those who plan to become pregnant as it is highly unsafe for the growing baby.
Q. Is it safe to use terlipressin during breastfeeding? Terlipressin should be given only if the potential benefit justifies the potential risk to the infant. Please follow your doctor's advice regarding its use.
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.
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