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Alvimopan capsules

What is this medicine?

ALVIMOPAN (AL vi MOE pan) is used to help the gut function after having gut surgery.

How should I use this medicine?

Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. It will only be given to you by a health care professional while you are in the hospital.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:

  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue

  • chest pain or chest tightness

  • breathing difficulties

  • dizziness

  • unusually weak or tired

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • back pain

  • constipation

What may interact with this medicine?

  • amiodarone

  • cyclosporine

  • itraconazole

  • narcotic medicines for pain

  • quinidine

  • quinine

  • spironolactone

  • verapamil

What if I miss a dose?

It is important not to miss your dose. Talk to your doctor or health care professional if you miss a dose.

Where should I keep my medicine?

This does not apply.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:

  • heart disease

  • kidney disease

  • liver disease

  • taking pain medications (e.g., codeine, morphine)

  • undergoing surgery for stomach or intestinal blockage

  • an unusual or allergic reaction to alvimopan, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives

  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant

  • breast-feeding

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Your condition will be monitored carefully while you are receiving this medicine.


NOTE:This sheet is a summary. It may not cover all possible information. If you have questions about this medicine, talk to your doctor, pharmacist, or health care provider. Copyright© 2018 Elsevier