UCD Patient Videos

You may have a rare condition, but you're not alone.

Are you feeling that family and friends don't understand what it's like to live with a urea cycle disorder (UCD)? We can help you connect with patients and families who have been there. If you'd like to talk with another UCD patient or caregiver, sign up to speak with one of our UCD Mentors. Watch the videos below to learn from others living with urea cycle disorders. Learn about starting RAVICTI® (glycerol phenylbutyrate) Oral Liquid, how RAVICTI works, and how to take RAVICTI. There are also real life stories from UCD patients and caregivers and introductions to our UCD Mentors.

RAVICTI is for long-term management of high levels of ammonia in the blood (hyperammonemia) caused by a urea cycle disorder. RAVICTI must be used along with a low-protein diet and, in some cases, dietary supplements. RAVICTI should only be used if the UCD cannot be managed with a low-protein diet and dietary supplements alone. RAVICTI is not used to treat extremely high levels of ammonia in the blood (hyperammonemic crises) in people with UCDs as they may require rapidly acting medication. It is not known if RAVICTI is safe and effective for the treatment of N-acetylglutamate synthase (NAGS) deficiency.

Thank You, UCD Caregivers

“Thank you, for loving and supporting me every step of the way.” – Lauren

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Isaac:

My dad has sacrificed so much for this family, and he’s quite possibly one of the greatest men, fathers, I could ever think that could be on this earth. I appreciate every single moment he’s put into it, and I just don’t feel like there’s anything I could do to repay him for everything he’s done. He’s, he truly is the main reason as to why I am who I am today.

Patricia:

My husband, David, he is our rock. He is the glue that holds our family together. He has just dropped everything and has, has been there for us. He will do from the smallest thing to the grandest thing. And I don’t know where we would be at without him. I just so am appreciative of him, and I love him dearly.

Isaac:

And my mom, she’s been willing to take care of me, and basically, I can’t think of any other mother on earth that would really go through this kind of heck. I really have to dedicate a lot in my life to her. She did so much for me, and I just am so grateful to have her in my life. So, to be born into any family, I’m glad it’s this one.

Lauren:

Thank you, Mama and Daddy, for loving and supporting me every step of the way. For being brave enough to say, my child is sick and she needs help back in 1983 when not many people knew about UCDs. Thank you all for always being my fierce advocate.

And Nick, I appreciate all your support, and I think that you’re doing an awesome job every day. I know it’s not easy, and it takes a really, big, strong, smart person to do it. And I appreciate all your creativity with your food and just all your hard work of taking care of me. And you’ve just, you’ve done excellent. Even, even if you think that you haven’t done excellent, you really have.

APPROVED USES and IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION for RAVICTI

What is the most important safety information I should know about RAVICTI? RAVICTI may cause serious side effects, including: Nervous system side effects (Neurotoxicity). The breakdown of RAVICTI produces the byproduct phenylacetate (PAA), which may cause nervous system side effects.

What is RAVICTI?

RAVICTI (glycerol phenylbutyrate) Oral Liquid is a prescription medicine used for long-term management of high blood levels of ammonia (hyperammonemia) caused by a condition called a urea cycle disorder (UCD). RAVICTI should be used if the UCD cannot be managed with a low-protein diet and dietary supplements alone. RAVICTI must be used along with a low-protein diet and in some cases, dietary supplements.

RAVICTI is not used to treat extremely high levels of ammonia in the blood (hyperammonemic crisis) in people with UCDs.

It is not known if RAVICTI is safe and effective for the treatment ofN-acetylglutamate synthase (NAGS) deficiency.

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION

What is the most important safety information I should know about RAVICTI?

RAVICTI may cause serious side effects, including:

Nervous system side effects (Neurotoxicity). The breakdown of RAVICTI produces the byproduct phenylacetate (PAA), which may cause nervous system side effects.

Call your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of these symptoms while taking RAVICTI:

  • sleepiness
  • lightheadedness
  • change in taste
  • problems with hearing
  • confusion
  • problems with memory
  • worsening of numbness, tingling, or burning in your hands or feet
  • headache
  • feeling very tired (fatigue)
  • nausea
  • vomiting

Who should not take RAVICTI?

Do not take RAVICTI if you are allergic to phenylbutyrate. Call your doctor or go to the nearest hospital emergency room if you experience any of the following symptoms of an allergic reaction while taking RAVICTI:

  • wheezing
  • shortness of breath
  • cough
  • low blood pressure
  • flushing
  • nausea
  • skin rash

What should I tell my doctor before taking RAVICTI?

Tell your doctor about any medical conditions and if you:

  • Have liver or kidney problems.
    • Have pancreas or bowel (intestine) problems.
      • Are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. It is not known if RAVICTI will harm your unborn baby.
        • Pregnancy Registry: There is a Pregnancy Registry for women who take RAVICTI just before becoming pregnant or who become pregnant during treatment with RAVICTI. The purpose of this registry is to collect information about the health of you and your baby. Talk to your doctor about how you can join the Pregnancy Registry. For more information about this registry, call 1-855-823-2595 or visit www.ucdregistry.com.
      • Are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. It is not known if RAVICTI passes into your breast milk. Breastfeeding is not recommended during treatment with RAVICTI. Talk to your doctor about the best way to feed your baby if you take RAVICTI.

        What are possible side effects of RAVICTI?

        RAVICTI may cause serious side effects, including:

        • See "What is the most important information I should know about RAVICTI?"

        The most common side effects of RAVICTI in adults include:

        • diarrhea
        • gas
        • headache
        • abdomen (stomach) pain
        • vomiting
        • tiredness
        • decreased appetite
        • indigestion or heartburn

        The most common side effects of RAVICTI in children 2 years to 17 years of age include:

        • upper abdomen (stomach) pain
        • rash
        • nausea
        • vomiting
        • diarrhea
        • decreased appetite
        • headache

        The most common side effects of RAVICTI in children 2 months to less than 2 years of age include:

        • low white blood cell count (neutropenia)
        • vomiting
        • diarrhea
        • fever
        • reduced food intake
        • cough
        • stuffy nose
        • runny nose
        • skin rash
        • small round bumps on the skin

        The most common side effects of RAVICTI in children less than 2 months of age include:

        • vomiting
        • rash
        • gastroesophageal reflux
        • increased levels of liver enzymes in the blood
        • decreased appetite and reduced food intake
        • low red blood cell count (anemia)
        • cough
        • loss of too much body fluid (dehydration)
        • too much acid in the blood (acidosis)
        • high blood platelet count (thrombocytosis)
        • low blood platelet count (thrombocytopenia)
        • low blood neutrophil count (type of white blood cell) (neutropenia)
        • high white blood cell count (lymphocytosis)
        • diarrhea
        • gas
        • constipation
        • fever
        • drowsiness (lethargy)
        • irritability
        • agitation

        These are not all of the possible side effects of RAVICTI. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.

        For additional important safety information, click here for the Full Prescribing Information and Medication Guide and discuss with your doctor.

        You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit http://www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

        APPROVED USES and IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION for RAVICTI

        What is the most important safety information I should know about RAVICTI? RAVICTI may cause serious side effects, including: Nervous system side effects (Neurotoxicity). The breakdown of RAVICTI produces the byproduct phenylacetate (PAA), which may cause nervous system side effects.

        What is RAVICTI?

        RAVICTI (glycerol phenylbutyrate) Oral Liquid is a prescription medicine used for long-term management of high blood levels of ammonia (hyperammonemia) caused by a condition called a urea cycle disorder (UCD). RAVICTI should be used if the UCD cannot be managed with a low-protein diet and dietary supplements alone. RAVICTI must be used along with a low-protein diet and in some cases, dietary supplements.

        RAVICTI is not used to treat extremely high levels of ammonia in the blood (hyperammonemic crisis) in people with UCDs.

        It is not known if RAVICTI is safe and effective for the treatment ofN-acetylglutamate synthase (NAGS) deficiency.

        IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION

        What is the most important safety information I should know about RAVICTI?

        RAVICTI may cause serious side effects, including:

        Nervous system side effects (Neurotoxicity). The breakdown of RAVICTI produces the byproduct phenylacetate (PAA), which may cause nervous system side effects.

        Call your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of these symptoms while taking RAVICTI:

        • sleepiness
        • lightheadedness
        • change in taste
        • problems with hearing
        • confusion
        • problems with memory
        • worsening of numbness, tingling, or burning in your hands or feet
        • headache
        • feeling very tired (fatigue)
        • nausea
        • vomiting

        Who should not take RAVICTI?

        Do not take RAVICTI if you are allergic to phenylbutyrate. Call your doctor or go to the nearest hospital emergency room if you experience any of the following symptoms of an allergic reaction while taking RAVICTI:

        • wheezing
        • shortness of breath
        • cough
        • low blood pressure
        • flushing
        • nausea
        • skin rash

        What should I tell my doctor before taking RAVICTI?

        Tell your doctor about any medical conditions and if you:

        • Have liver or kidney problems.
          • Have pancreas or bowel (intestine) problems.
            • Are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. It is not known if RAVICTI will harm your unborn baby.
              • Pregnancy Registry: There is a Pregnancy Registry for women who take RAVICTI just before becoming pregnant or who become pregnant during treatment with RAVICTI. The purpose of this registry is to collect information about the health of you and your baby. Talk to your doctor about how you can join the Pregnancy Registry. For more information about this registry, call 1-855-823-2595 or visit www.ucdregistry.com.
            • Are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. It is not known if RAVICTI passes into your breast milk. Breastfeeding is not recommended during treatment with RAVICTI. Talk to your doctor about the best way to feed your baby if you take RAVICTI.

              What are possible side effects of RAVICTI?

              RAVICTI may cause serious side effects, including:

              • See "What is the most important information I should know about RAVICTI?"

              The most common side effects of RAVICTI in adults include:

              • diarrhea
              • gas
              • headache
              • abdomen (stomach) pain
              • vomiting
              • tiredness
              • decreased appetite
              • indigestion or heartburn

              The most common side effects of RAVICTI in children 2 years to 17 years of age include:

              • upper abdomen (stomach) pain
              • rash
              • nausea
              • vomiting
              • diarrhea
              • decreased appetite
              • headache

              The most common side effects of RAVICTI in children 2 months to less than 2 years of age include:

              • low white blood cell count (neutropenia)
              • vomiting
              • diarrhea
              • fever
              • reduced food intake
              • cough
              • stuffy nose
              • runny nose
              • skin rash
              • small round bumps on the skin

              The most common side effects of RAVICTI in children less than 2 months of age include:

              • vomiting
              • rash
              • gastroesophageal reflux
              • increased levels of liver enzymes in the blood
              • decreased appetite and reduced food intake
              • low red blood cell count (anemia)
              • cough
              • loss of too much body fluid (dehydration)
              • too much acid in the blood (acidosis)
              • high blood platelet count (thrombocytosis)
              • low blood platelet count (thrombocytopenia)
              • low blood neutrophil count (type of white blood cell) (neutropenia)
              • high white blood cell count (lymphocytosis)
              • diarrhea
              • gas
              • constipation
              • fever
              • drowsiness (lethargy)
              • irritability
              • agitation

              These are not all of the possible side effects of RAVICTI. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.

              For additional important safety information, click here for the Full Prescribing Information and Medication Guide and discuss with your doctor.

              You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit http://www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088.