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Prescribing details for Entresto

Date issued: July 2022

Review date: July 2024 

Ref: F-64 v2

PDF:  Prescribing details for Entresto final July 2021.pdf[pdf] 91KB

You have been prescribed a new medication by your Cardiac Specialist; this is called ENTRESTO. It will replace Ramipril, Candesartan or a similar medication you have been taking, or it may be a completely new prescription to treat your diagnosis of heart failure.

Currently this is a specialist medication, and your GP may not be able to prescribe this medication for 12 weeks following your discharge. You will be contacted by a specialist cardiac nurse to facilitate the ongoing prescription of Entresto and to review your progress.

You will be asked to have blood tests and to have your blood pressure checked during the monitoring phase. This is very important to help the nurses plan your medication dose and to see if we can increase the dose based on the results.

You have been provided with three blood forms for you to arrange blood tests at your local surgery.  The first one should be arranged prior to your initial appointment. If you are not able to get the blood test at your surgery, you can come to Derriford hospital to the outpatient department and wait in the blood test queue or attend the Future Inn at a drop-in clinic. Subsequent blood tests should be arranged prior to your next follow up appointment, we recommend 2-3 days before your scheduled appointment.

Once you have had your blood test and blood pressure monitored by your cardiac nurse they will assess and arrange the next prescription for Entresto, this may be a different dose form the one you started on. Your prescription can be collected from Lloyds Chemist outside the front of Derriford hospital, you can park in the drop off bay and go in to collect the Entresto; it will be waiting for you.

Once you are stabilised on your dose of Entresto, you will be referred to your GP for your ongoing prescriptions and this will be added to your repeat prescription by your GP.

Heart failure Nurse Specialist Nurse Team

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