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(eye-lo-prost) ,


(trade name)


Therapeutic: vasodilators
Pharmacologic: prostacyclins
Pregnancy Category: C


Pulmonary arterial hypertension (WHO Group 1).


Dilates pulmonary and arterial vasculature.

Therapeutic effects

Improved exercise capacity.


Absorption: Unknown.
Distribution: Unknown.
Metabolism and Excretion: Any absorbed iloprost is metabolized.
Half-life: 20–30 min (plasma).

Time/action profile (improved exercise capacity)

Inhaln unknownunknownup to 2 hr


Contraindicated in: Hypersensitivity; Systolic BP <85 mm Hg; Lactation: Lactation.
Use Cautiously in: Concurrent use of drugs or coexisting medical conditions that may ↑ risk of syncope; COPD, asthma, or acute pulmonary infection (may ↑ risk of bronchospasm); Hepatic impairment (may need to ↑ dosing interval); Pediatric: Safety not established; Obstetric: Use only if maternal benefit outweighs fetal risk.

Adverse Reactions/Side Effects

Central nervous system

  • dizziness
  • fainting
  • headache
  • insomnia

Ear, Eye, Nose, Throat

  • epistaxis


  • cough (most frequent)
  • bronchospasm
  • dyspnea
  • hemoptysis
  • wheezing


  • HF (life-threatening)
  • vasodilation (most frequent)
  • chest pain
  • hypotension
  • peripheral edema
  • supraventricular tachycardia


  • diarrhea
  • gingival bleeding
  • nausea
  • vomiting


  • renal failure


  • facial flushing


  • back pain
  • jaw-muscle spasm
  • muscle cramps


Drug-Drug interaction

↑ risk of hypotension with other vasodilators or diuretics.Risk of bleeding may be ↑ by anticoagulants.


Inhalation (Adults) 2.5 mcg initially, then 5 mcg/dose 6–9 times daily; not more than every 2 hr.

Hepatic Impairment

Inhalation (Adults) Child Pugh Class B or C—Consider ↑ dosing interval to every 3–4 hr.


Solution for inhalation: 10 mcg/mL ampules, 20 mcg/mL ampules

Nursing implications

Nursing assessment

  • Assess respiratory status (exercise intolerance, symptoms, deterioration) prior to and periodically during therapy.
  • Monitor vital signs prior to and throughout therapy. Do not administer if BP <85 mm Hg.
  • Assess for signs of pulmonary edema (dyspnea, jugular venous distension). If signs occur, discontinue iloprost immediately; may be a sign of pulmonary venous hypertension.

Potential Nursing Diagnoses

Activity intolerance (Indications)
Ineffective breathing pattern (Indications)


  • Avoid iloprost contact with skin or eyes, or oral ingestion.
  • Inhalation: Prepare medication by one ampule of iloprost into Prodose ADD System or I-neb ADD system medication chamber immediately before use. Do not mix with other medications. Administer 6–9 times/day during waking hours, according to patient's needs and tolerability. Discard solution remaining in chamber after inhalation. Follow manufacturer's instructions for cleaning components after administration of each dose.

Patient/Family Teaching

  • Instruct patient in use of iloprost and Prodose ADD System or I-neb ADD system, frequency, ampule dispensing, and cleaning of equipment. See manufacturer's instructions. Advise patient that inhalation intervals should not be less than 2 hr, but acute benefits of medication may not last 2 hr.
  • May cause dizziness and fainting due to hypotension. Caution patient to change positions slowly to minimize orthostatic hypotension.

Evaluation/Desired Outcomes

  • Improved exercise tolerance, decrease in symptoms of pulmonary edema, and lack of deterioration in patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension.
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