AlvimopanAlvimopan

Alvimopan Oral capsule

What is this medicine?

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

This medicine may be used for other purposes; ask your health care provider or pharmacist if you have questions.

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

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.

Overdosage: If you think you have taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.

NOTE: This medicine is only for you. Do not share this medicine with others.

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.

What may interact with this medicine?

  • amiodarone

  • bepridil

  • cyclosporine

  • diltiazem

  • itraconazole

  • narcotic medicines for pain

  • quinidine

  • quinine

  • spironolactone

  • verapamil

This list may not describe all possible interactions. Give your health care provider a list of all the medicines, herbs, non-prescription drugs, or dietary supplements you use. Also tell them if you smoke, drink alcohol, or use illegal drugs. Some items may interact with your medicine.

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

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

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

This list may not describe all possible side effects. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Where should I keep my medicine?

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