How to Take ORKAMBI®
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The recommended dose of ORKAMBI is 2 tablets every 12 hours. Your dose may be different. Your healthcare provider will tell you how much ORKAMBI to take and when to take it.
Continue to take all of your other prescribed cystic fibrosis (CF) therapies as directed by your healthcare provider.
Always take ORKAMBI with fat-containing food.
The importance of taking ORKAMBI with fat-containing foods
ORKAMBI should always be taken with fat-containing foods because the fat helps your body better absorb the medicine. You can take ORKAMBI right before, during, or right after your meal or snack.
Examples of fat-containing foods you can take with ORKAMBI include eggs, avocados, nuts, butter, peanut butter, cheese pizza, and whole-milk dairy products (such as whole milk, cheese, and yogurt).
How ORKAMBI is packaged
Fitting ORKAMBI into your daily routine
In the morning: remove 2 ORKAMBI tablets from the blister strip (do not push tablet through backing) and take them with a fat-containing breakfast food like eggs or a bagel with cream cheese.
In the evening: 12 hours later, remove 2 ORKAMBI tablets from the blister strip (do not push tablet through backing) and take them with fat-containing dinner food like salmon or cheese pizza, or a fat-containing dessert like ice cream or peanut butter balls.
If you take ORKAMBI at times other than breakfast and dinner time, you may take it with a snack that contains fat. Some options for fat-containing snacks include whole-milk string cheese and trail mix with nuts.
What to do if you miss a dose
- If you miss a dose within 6 hours of when you usually take it, take your dose with fat-containing food as soon as possible
- If you miss a dose, and it is more than 6 hours after the time you usually take it, skip that dose only and take your next dose when you usually take it. Do not take 2 doses at the same time to make up for your missed dose
- Tell your doctor if you stop ORKAMBI for more than 1 week. Your doctor may need to change your dose of ORKAMBI or other medicines you take
Keep ORKAMBI and all medicines out of the reach of children.
If your child is approaching 12 years of age
When your child turns 12, his or her healthcare provider will want to transition your child to the dosage of ORKAMBI for people 12 years of age and older. This requires a different prescription for tablets containing a different amount of medicine. You should discuss the timing of this transition with your child's healthcare provider.
As the holidays approach, don’t forget to fill your prescription!
Keep in mind that pharmacies may have limited hours and delivery schedules during the holidays. Don’t forget to plan ahead to make sure you have enough medicine on hand.