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TOLVAPTAN - ORAL
COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Samsca
WARNING: Treatment with this drug should be started or restarted in a hospital for proper monitoring. Too rapid correction of low levels of sodium in the blood may rarely result in a serious (rarely fatal) condition - osmotic demyelination syndrome (ODS). Tell your doctor immediately if you notice any of the following symptoms of ODS: trouble speaking/swallowing, mental/mood changes (such as confusion), weakness/involuntary movement in the arms/legs, or seizures.
USES: This medication is used to treat low levels of salt (sodium) in the blood, which can result from conditions such as heart failure and certain hormone imbalances. Tolvaptan belongs to a class of drugs known as vasopressin receptor antagonists. It works by increasing the amount of urine you make, causing your body to get rid of extra water. This helps to slowly increase to normal levels of salt (sodium) in the blood.
HOW TO USE: Read the Medication Guide provided by your pharmacist before you start using tolvaptan and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions, consult your doctor or pharmacist.
Take this medication by mouth with or without food, usually once daily or as directed by your doctor. You should not take tolvaptan for longer than 30 days.
To prevent losing too much body water (dehydration), have water available to drink at all times while taking tolvaptan. Drink when you are thirsty unless otherwise directed by your doctor.
Use this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, take it at the same time each day. Do not stop and restart this medication on your own. You may need to go back to a hospital to restart this medication. Tell your doctor immediately if you stop taking this medication for any reason.
Avoid eating grapefruit or drinking grapefruit juice while using this medication unless your doctor instructs you otherwise. Grapefruit can increase the amount of this medication in your bloodstream. Consult your doctor or pharmacist for more details.
Dosage is based on your medical condition and response to treatment.
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