Before Taking KALYDECO®
What to tell your doctor before taking KALYDECO
Before you take KALYDECO, tell your doctor if you:
- have liver or kidney problems
- drink grapefruit juice, or eat grapefruit or Seville oranges
- are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. It is not known if KALYDECO will harm your unborn baby. You and your doctor should decide if you will take KALYDECO while you are pregnant.
- are breastfeeding or planning to breastfeed. It is not known if KALYDECO passes into your breast milk. You and your doctor should decide if you will take KALYDECO while you are breastfeeding.
KALYDECO may affect the way other medicines work, and other medicines may affect how KALYDECO works.
Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements as the dose of KALYDECO may need to be adjusted when taking certain medications.
Know the medicines you take. Keep a list of them to show your doctor and pharmacist when you get a new medicine. Always check with your CF treatment team before taking any new medicines.
What is KALYDECO® (ivacaftor)?
KALYDECO is a prescription medicine used for the treatment of cystic fibrosis (CF) in patients age 12 months and older who have at least one mutation in their CF gene that is responsive to KALYDECO.
Talk to your doctor to learn if you have an indicated CF gene mutation.
It is not known if KALYDECO is safe and effective in children under 12 months of age.
Important Safety Information
Who should not take KALYDECO?
Do not take KALYDECO if you take certain medicines or herbal supplements, such as:
- the antibiotics rifampin (Rifamate®, Rifater®) or rifabutin (Mycobutin®)
- seizure medicines such as: phenobarbital, carbamazepine (Tegretol®, Carbatrol®, and Equetro®), or phenytoin (Dilantin®, Phenytek®)
- St. John’s wort (Hypericum perforatum)
Talk to your doctor before taking KALYDECO if you take any of the medicines or supplements listed above.