Medication Information Leaflet
Ambrisentan is used to treat pulmonary arterial hypertension. It is an endothelin receptor antagonist (ERA) that lowers the pressure in the pulmonary arteries (blood vessels in the lungs that transfer oxygen into the blood) by blocking the effects of endothelin. It may have the potential to reverse some of the damage done by the condition. This should also improve symptoms such as breathlessness and increase your ability to exercise.
This medication may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.
Do not stop taking your medication without checking with your healthcare professional as it may make your condition worse.
You may take this medication with or without food.
This medication is initially started at a lower dose. Your condition will be monitored closely. Your doctor may later adjust your dosage to better control your condition.
If you forget to take a dose, take it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose. Then take your next dose at the usual time. Do not take two doses to make up for the missed dose.
Inform your healthcare professional if:
You are allergic to this medication or any of the other ingredients of this medication.
You are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or breastfeeding.
As this medication may cause birth defects, female patients of childbearing age should take precautions by using at least 2 reliable methods of contraception to avoid pregnancy. If you suspect you may be pregnant, inform your doctor as soon as possible.
You should not become pregnant for at least 1 month after stopping this medication.
You have or have had liver or kidney disease.
You have a condition called idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), whereby there is scarring in your lungs.
You are taking any other medications, including supplements, traditional medications and herbal remedies.
These side effects may be minimized by starting with a lower dose and may improve or go away with time. Inform your healthcare professional if it becomes bothersome or does not go away.
Flushing, low blood pressure, fainting or headache
Leg swelling (oedema)
Flu-like symptoms such as nose and throat irritation, stuffy nose or back pain
The symptoms of a drug allergy include one or more of the following:
Difficulty in breathing
Itchy skin rashes over your whole body
Other rare but serious side effects include:
Changes in liver function: Signs include dark urine or light coloured stools, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, stomach pain, yellowing of your eyes or skin.
Low haemoglobin levels (anaemia): Signs include feeling more tired, weak or shortness of breath.
These side-effects are usually not significant, they are often treatable once detected early. You will need frequent blood tests to monitor for them.
If you experience any of these symptoms, you should stop your medication and see your healthcare professional immediately.
Ambrisentan may reduce fertility in men by reducing sperm count when taken for long term. Discuss with your healthcare professional if you have any concerns about it.
Some medications may interact with Ambrisentan and affect their effectiveness or increase the risk of side-effects. However, these medications may also be important for your treatment. Inform your healthcare professional of the other medications you are currently taking. Examples include:
Cyclosporine, a medication for suppression of the immune system
Medications for bacterial infections (e.g. clarithromycin, erythromycin)
Medications for fungal infections (e.g. itraconazole, ketoconazole)
Consult your healthcare professional if you are unsure whether your existing medications can be taken together with this medication.
Store in a cool and dry place, away from direct sunlight. Keep this medication away from children.
This article was last reviewed on
Friday, September 15, 2023
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