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Systematic (IUPAC) name
oxy]acetic acid monosodium salt
CAS number  ?
ATC code B01AC21
PubChem 130880
Chemical data
Formula C23H33NaO5 
Mol. mass relative molecular weight is 412.49 g/mol.
Pharmacokinetic data
Bioavailability approximately 100%
Metabolism Treprostinil is substantially metabolized by the liver, but the involved enzymes are not currently known. Five metabolites (HU1 through HU5) have been identified thus far.
Half life 4 hours
Excretion Urine (4% as unchanged drug, 64% as metabolites); feces (13%)
Therapeutic considerations
Pregnancy cat.


Legal status


Routes Subcutaneous or intravenous infusion

Treprostinil is a synthetic analogue of prostacyclin, used to treat pulmonary hypertension. Treprostinil is marketed as Remodulin®.

Clinical pharmacology

As an analogue of prostacyclin PGI2, treprostinil effects vasodilation, which in turn lowers the blood pressure. Treprostinil also inhibits platelet aggregation, though the role this phenomenon may play in relation to pulmonary hypertension has yet to be determined.

Dosage and administration

Treprostinil is administered via a small infusion pump that the patient must wear at all times. Treprostinil is preferentially given subcutaneously using an infusion set, but may be given intravenously via a central venous catheter if the patient is unable to tolerate the potential pain and discomfort of subcutaneous administration.

Treprostinil, under the trademark Remodulin®, is supplied in 20 mL vials, ranging in concentrations of 1 mg/mL, 2.5 mg/mL, 5 mg/mL, and 10 mg/mL. Treprostinil can be administered subcutaneously as supplied. It must be diluted for intravenous infusion with either sterile water or a 0.9% sodium chloride solution prior to administration.

The infusion rate is normally initiated at 1.25 ng/kg/min for new patients, but may be reduced to 0.625 ng/kg/min if the normal rate provokes unwanted side effects in the patient. The infusion rate of trepostinil should be increased no more than 1.25 ng/kg/min per week for the first month, then no more than 2.5 ng/kg/min per week for the remaining duration of infusion. The infusion rate should ideally be high enough to improve symptoms of pulmonary hypertension, while minimizing unpleasant side effects.

Oral and inhaled forms of treprostinil are currently undergoing clinical trials.

Important safety information


  • Since treprostinil is a vasodilator, its antihypertensive effect may be compounded by other medications that affect the blood pressure, including calcium channel blockers, diuretics, and other vasodilating agents.
  • Because of treprostinil's inhibiting effect on platelet aggregation, there is an increased risk of bleeding, especially among patients who are also taking anticoagulants.
  • It is not known whether treprostinil is excreted in breast milk. Caution is advised when administering this medication to nursing women.
  • Caution is advised when administering treprostinil to patients who have impaired kidney or liver function.

Common side effects:

  • 85% of patients report pain or other reaction at the infusion site. Other side effects may include headache, diarrhea, nausea, rash, jaw pain, vasodilatation, dizziness, edema (swelling), pruritus (itching), and hypotension.


  • Abrupt interruption of the treprostinil infusion can lead to worsening of pulmonary hypertension symptoms, and should be avoided.

This article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License. It uses material from the Wikipedia article "Treprostinil". A list of authors is available in Wikipedia.
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