Dipyridamole

Dipyridamole

Properties

This medicine contains dipyridamole as active ingredient. It is a drug belonging to the class of platelet aggregation inhibitors, known to have anti-angina properties and to thin the blood in patients who have had heart valve replacement surgery, reducing the possibility of blood clots in the circulation.

Prescribed for

The medicine is prescribed for:

•   Reduction of frequency and intensity of angina attacks

•   Reduction of the risk of blood clots after heart surgery

Cautions and Warnings

The drug has been known to cause liver problems, including liver failure. Contact your doctor immediately if you notice any of the following signs of liver trouble:

•   Nausea

•   Fatigue

•   Drowsiness

•   Itching

•   Yellowish skin

•   Flu-like symptoms

•   Pain in the upper right abdomen

Before using this medicine

Before you use this medicine check with your doctor, or  pharmacist:

•   if you ever had any unusual or allergic reaction to this medicine

•    if you are pregnant or intend to become pregnant while using this medicine; decide with your doctor whether drug benefits justify risk to unborn child

•    if you are breast-feeding an infant; no problem expected, but consult your doctor

•   if you are recovering from a heart attack

•   if you have a liver disorder

•   if you suffer from migraine

•   if you have low blood pressure

Treatment

This medication is used for treatment of angina and for the reduction of the possibility of blood clots in the  circulation.

Tablet: swallow with a full glass of water. If you can not swallow whole, crumble the tablet and take with  liquid.

When to take: 1 hour before or 2 hours after meals. Children: the drug is not recommended for  children.

Prolonged use: Talk to your doctor about the need to follow-up medical examinations or laboratory studies.

For safe and effective use of medicine:

Follow your doctor’s instructions if this medicine was  prescribed.

Follow the manufacturer’s package directions if you are treating  yourself.

Side effects

Along with the needed effects, a medicine may cause some unwanted effects. Side effects may occur, especially during the early days of treatment. Possible side effects include:

•   Dizziness

•   Fainting

•   Headache

•   Red flush

•   Rash

•   Nausea

•   Vomiting

•   Cramps

•   Weakness

Overdose

Major symptoms of an overdose are:

•   Decreased blood pressure

•   Weak, rapid pulse

•   Cold, clammy skin

•   Collapse

Call a doctor or hospital emergency room for  instructions.

Interactions

The effects of anticoagulant drugs may be increased by this medicine, thereby increasing the risk of uncontrolled bleeding. The dosage of the anticoagulant drug will be reduced accordingly. Other drugs, such as antacids, may reduce the effectiveness of this medicine.

Be sure to tell your doctor about any medications you are currently  taking.

Driving or hazardous work

Avoid if you feel dizzy. Otherwise, no problems  expected.

Storage

Tablets should be stored at room temperature; store away from heat and direct light. Keep out of reach of children, since overdose may be dangerous in children.

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