Inhaled Prostacyclin (Ventavis, Iloprost)
|PDE 5 Inhibitors
Stem Cell Transplant
Pulmonary hypertension secondary to systemic scleroderma can have a poor outcome, if untreated. With treatment the quality of life may improve and disease progression may slow down.
Treatment of pulmonary hypertension in systemic scleroderma is similar to that in idiopathic pulmonary hypertension, however systemic scleroderma causes many complications when it comes to managing treatment such as skin, renal and gastrointestinal involvement caused by scleroderma.
Treatments for pulmonary hypertension (PH) include bosentan (Tracleer), Letairis (Ambrisentan), Macitentan/Opsumit, lung transplants, oxygen therapy, sildenafil citrate (Revatio, Viagra), stem cell transplants, and warfarin (Coumadin).
Current Approaches to the Treatment of Systemic–Sclerosis–Associated Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension (SSc–PAH). This review describes the current management of SSc–PAH with an emphasis on the impact of the different organ involvements in the prognosis and treatment response. PubMed, Curr Rheumatol Rep, 2016 Jan;18(2):10.
What can be done to treat Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension? Treatment options fall into two main areas: general therapies that are used to reduce symptoms but which do not have a positive impact on the disease progression, and disease-targeted therapies that have been specifically researched in the area of Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension (PAH). Actelion Pharmaceuticals.
Use of Coils and a Pulmonary Vasodilator to Reduce Pulmonary Hypertension in a Patient with Interstitial Pneumonia and Scleroderma. The improvement of symptoms following use of a supplementary pulmonary vasodilator provides the hope that the chosen treatment could be a viable alternative approach for other similar cases. PubMed, Intern Med, 2015;54(21):2721–6.
Phosphodiesterase type 5 inhibitors (PDE 5) are used in the treatment of pulmonary arterial hypertension, often as part of combination treatment. There are three main brands of PDE 5: sildenafil (Revatio® and Viagra®), tadalafil ADCIRCA® and Cialis®, and vardenafil (Levitra®). This class of drugs is also used to treat erectile dysfunction, in lower dosages. ISN.
Oral treprostinil for the treatment of pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). Treprostinil diolamine is a novel oral formulation that joins the approved parenteral and inhaled formulations and it displays similar pharmacokinetic properties, while offering the potential for improved patient compliance through the convenience of oral dosing. PubMed, Drugs Today (Barc), 2014 Aug;50(8):557-65.
Uptravi® (selexipag) is an oral IP prostacyclin receptor agonist marketed by Actelion Pharmaceuticals US, Inc., which was approved by the US FDA for the treatment of pulmonary arterial hypertension in December 2015. Common side effects include headache, diarrhea, jaw pain, nausea, muscle pain (myalgia), vomiting, pain in an extremity, and flushing. ISN.
Prospects for improving outcomes in systemic sclerosis–related pulmonary hypertension.. The role of anti-coagulation for SSc–PAH has been the subject of a recent meta–analysis of nine observational studies that suggests it may confer a survival benefit, but to date, there have been no randomised controlled trials to confirm this. PubMed, Intern Med J, 2015 Mar;45(3):248-54.
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