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Dipyridamole and Aspirin (Systemic)
In the U.S.-
Other commonly used names areAspirin:acetylsalicylic acid; ASA; salicylic acid acetate
Dipyridamole (dye-peer-ID-a-mole) and aspirin (AS-pir-in) is used to lessen the chance of stroke that may occur when a blood vessel in the brain is blocked by blood clots. It is given only when there is a larger-than-usual chance that these problems may occur. For example, it is given to people who have had a stroke, because dangerous blood clots are especially likely to occur in these patients. Dipyridamole and aspirin work by helping to prevent dangerous blood clots from forming.
This medicine is available only with your doctor's prescription, in the following dosage forms:
Before Using This Medicine
In deciding to use a medicine, the risks of taking the medicine must be weighed against the good it will do. This is a decision you and your doctor will make. For dipyridamole and aspirin the following should be considered:
Allergies- Tell your doctor if you have ever had any unusual or allergic reaction to dipyridamole, aspirin, or inflammation or pain medicine (excluding narcotics). Also tell your doctor and pharmacist if you are allergic to any other substances, such as foods, preservatives, or dyes.
Breast-feeding- Dipyridamole and aspirin are passed into breast milk in small amount. Mothers who are taking this medicine and who wish to breast-feed should discuss this with their doctor.
Other medicines- Although certain medicines should not be used together at all, in other cases two different medicines may be used together even if an interaction might occur. In these cases, your doctor may want to change the dose, or other precautions may be necessary. When you are taking dipyridamole and aspirin, it is especially important that your health care professional know if you are taking any of the following:
Other medical problems- The presence of other medical problems may affect the use of dipyridamole and aspirin. Make sure you tell your doctor if you have any other medical problems, especially:
Proper Use of This Medicine
The capsules must be swallowed whole. Do not chew them, crush them or break them up before taking.
The dose of dipyridamole and aspirin will be different for different patients. Follow your doctor's orders or the directions on the label . The following information includes only the average doses of dipyridamole and aspirin. If your dose is different, do not change it unless your doctor tells you to do so.
If you miss a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double doses.
To store this medicine:
Precautions While Using This Medicine
Dipyridamole and aspirin combination provide better protection against the formation of blood clots than either of the medicines used alone. However, the risk of bleeding may also be increased. To reduce the risk of bleeding:
Tell all medical doctors and dentists you go to that you are taking dipyridamole and aspirin .
Dizziness, lightheadedness, or fainting may occur , especially when you get up from a lying or sitting position. Getting up slowly may help. If this problem continues or gets worse, check with your doctor.
Do not stop taking this medicine for any reason without first checking with the doctor who directed you to take it.
Side Effects of This Medicine
Side Effects of This Medicine
Along with its needed effects, a medicine may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.
Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur:
Check with your doctor as soon as possible if any of the following side effects occur shortly after you start taking this medicine:
Other side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. However, check with your doctor if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome.
Other side effects not listed above may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your doctor.
Last updated: Tue, 06 Jan 2009 00:20:03 GMT