What is Tolvasca (Tolvaptan) used for?
Tolvasca (Tolvaptan) is an oral medications used to treat low sodium levels caused by heart failure or a hormonal imbalance. The medication operates by reducing the levels of the hormone that regulate sodium levels to restore them to normal levels. This can prevent symptoms such as nausea, headaches, fatigue, or seizures in serious cases. Your doctor may also prescribe its use for the treatment of other unlisted conditions.
How should I use Tolvasca (Tolvaptan)?
Tolvasca (Tolvaptan) should always be used according to the directions provided by your doctor to get the most effective results from treatment. The normal dosage is one tablet taken once daily, but your particular directions will depend on your age, weight, current health, and the severity of your symptoms. These should be swallowed with a large glass of water and may be taken with or without food, although a meal or snack is recommended if you experience nausea. Do not chew, split, or crush the tablets before use to avoid unintentionally destroying or altering the effects of their contents. Ask your doctor or pharmacist any questions you have about the medicine to ensure the correct usage.
What are the side effects of Tolvasca (Tolvaptan)?
Side effects that may occur while using Tolvasca (Tolvaptan) include:
Serious side effects that may require emergency medical attention are severe fatigue, dehydration, coughing up a substance resembling coffee grounds, liver problems, discoloured stools, or signs of hyponatraemia being reversed too quickly such as mood changes, trouble swallowing, or seizures. Inform your doctor as soon as you experience any worrying symptoms to make sure the correct adjustments are made to your application frequency or dosage to stop further health complications from occurring.
Tolvasca (Tolvaptan) should not be used to treat patients who are allergic to tolvaptan, who have had a bad reaction to similar treatments in the past, who have urinary retention, inability to tell if you are thirsty, severe dehydration, or liver disease. Also inform your doctor if you have a history of alcoholism, malnourishment, reduced liver function, or reduced kidney function as these conditions may cause unexpected health problems requiring alterations to your regimen.
Strictly use Tolvasca (Tolvaptan) as prescribed and follow all instructions provided by your doctor. Safe, suitable, and optimum dosage can vary and is dependent on the patient`s health and medical history, as well as the condition you are treating.
Tolvasca (Tolvaptan) may not be safe or suitable for all patients. Always ensure your doctor is informed if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, using any other type of medication (including non-prescription medicine, vitamins, and supplements), as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or pre-existing medication conditions.
Seek immediate medical attention or proceed to your nearest accident and emergency department if you suffer a hypersensitive or allergic reaction. Symptoms usually present during a reaction of this nature include difficulty breathing or swallowing, swelling of the limbs or face, tight chest, hives, and skin rashes.