Medicines information

The information in this section describes medicines, how they are given and some of their possible side effects.

If you have any questions or concerns about medications, please ask your doctor, nurse or pharmacist.

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Iloprost

Iloprost is known as a prostaglandin. It acts by imitating a naturally occurring substance in the body called prostacyclin. It is prescribed at GOSH to treat pulmonary hypertension (high blood pressure in the blood vessels in the lungs). It works by lowering blood pressure by widening the blood vessels in the lungs.

Potassium iodate 

Potassium iodate is a thyroid blocking medicine. It is given before a particular type of isotope scan at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) called a MIBG scan. The potassium iodate protects the thyroid against the isotope given during this scan.

Bowel cleansing at home 

Bowel cleansing solutions (also called bowel preparation) is used to clear the bowel before a procedure at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH). This allows the doctor to see the bowel wall during colonoscopy and similar procedures. The solutions used are senna, Picolax® or CitraFleet®. 

Ubiquinone 30mg in 5ml oral solution 

Ubiquinone is also known as coenzyme Q10 or ubiquinone. It is found naturally in many foods, such as meat and fish, and helps cells to generate energy. Ubiquinone has been used for heart problems such as heart failure, angina or high blood pressure. It may also prevent damage to the heart caused by certain medicines. Other uses include cancer treatment, muscle problems and metabolic diseases.