What is Tolvasca (Tolvaptan) used for?
Tolvasca (Tolvaptan) is an oral vasopressin receptor antagonist prescribed to treat patients with low sodium levels in the blood causing water retention. It operates by reducing certain hormone levels in the body to increase urine production to eliminate excess water. Your physician may also prescribe it to treat other conditions that are not listed here.
How should I use Tolvasca (Tolvaptan)?
Tolvasca (Tolvaptan) should be used according to the instructions of your physician to get the safest and most effective results from treatment. The normal dosage is one tablet taken once daily, but your particular instructions will depend on your health condition and the severity of your symptoms. These should be swallowed whole with a large glass of water and can be taken with or without food, but a snack or meal is recommended prior to use if you experience nausea. Never crush, split, or chew the tablets prior to use to avoid destroying or altering the effects of their contents. Ask your pharmacist or physician any questions you have about the medication to ensure the correct usage.
What are the side effects of Tolvasca (Tolvaptan)?
Side effects that may occur in some patients using Tolvaca (Tolvaptan) are:
Stop using the medication and contact your physician immediately if you experience any serious side effects such as trouble swallowing, unusual mood changes, severe muscle fatigue, difficulty speaking, seizures, severe dehydration, coughing up blood or a substance resembling coffee grounds, discolored stools, or jaundice. These conditions may require alterations to your treatment such as lower doses, reduced frequency of application, or emergency medical attention in more serious cases.
Do not use Tolvasca (Tolvaptan) if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or if you have an inability to tell you are thirsty, severe dehydration, an inability to urinate, or liver disease. Also inform your physician if you are malnourished or if you have been drinking large amounts of alcohol, kidney disease, or a history of liver disease. These conditions may cause unexpected problems during treatment requiring alterations to your dosage or frequency of application to prevent them from occurring.
Strictly follow all instructions provided to you by your physician or pharmacist while using Tolvasca (Tolvaptan). Optimum and safe dosage can differ based on the patient and the condition being treated.
As this medication may be unsafe for certain patients, it is essential you always inform your physician if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or ongoing health conditions, and if you are taking any other form of medication, supplements, or herbal products.
Immediately seek emergency medical care if you have an allergic or hypersensitive reaction. Common signs of a reaction include hives, swelling, skin rashes, chest pains, as well as trouble breathing or swallowing.