Aggrenox and/or Equivalents
|Drug||Related Drug Names|
|Aggrenox 200mg/25mg and/or Equivalents||Aggrenox, Asasantin Retard, Dipyridamole/Aspirin, Dipyridamole/Aspirin MR|
Aggrenox is a prescription drug containing a combination of dipyridamole and acetylsalicylic acid (Marketed under the brand name Aspirin). Acetylsalicylic acid is categorized as a salicylate drug and helps in reducing fever, pain and inflammation within the body. Dipyridamole averts the formation of blood clots by preventing platelets from sticking to one another. Taken as a capsule Aggrenox contains 200mg of dipyridamole and 25mg of acetylsalicylic acid. Aggrenox is primarily administered to reduce the occurrence of strokes in people who have had blood clots and also to reduce the risk of mini strokes, alternatively referred to as a TIA or transient ischemic attack.
Conditions Treated By Aggrenox
Aggrenox is used primarily for the reduction of risks associated with strokes occurring in those who have had a blood clots and to prevent any mini strokes or transient ischemic attacks (TIAs) from occuring. Aggrenox may also be used to treat a number of other conditions.
Aggrenox Dosage Information
a.) Typical Dosage Recommendations
It is extremely important that you take Aggrenox exactly as your doctor prescribes. Be very careful not to take bigger or smaller amounts or administer the drug for a longer time than recommended and follow the directions given on the prescription label. You should take each dosage of Aggrenox with a filled glass or 8 ounces of water. The drug can be administered with or without food. Instead of breaking, chewing or crushing the extended-release capsule, swallow it whole. Aggrenox is specially designed in order to release the active ingredients slowly into your body and breaking the pill open can cause an excessive amount of the ingredients to be absorbed all at once, destroying the prolonged effect of the drug and increasing the onset of possible side effects.
Taking Aggrenox, a combination of dipyridamole and aspirin, is not the same, as taking each of the 2 medicines individually and hence you should only take the medication, which your doctor has prescribed for you.
b.) Missing A Dose
If you end up missing a dose of Aggrenox, take the missed dose the moment you remember to do so. If however you remember when it is time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose. Do not however take any extra Aggrenox medication to make up for this missed dose.
If you overdose on Aggrenox, seek medical attention immediately.
Aggrenox can prove to be harmful if you happen to be suffering from certain conditions. It is important that you avoid taking Aggrenox if you suffer from severe liver disease. You should also consult a doctor or a pharmacist for dose adjustments or special tests to make sure it is safe for you to take the drug if you happen to be suffering from the following medical conditions:
- Allergy to an NSAID (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug)
- Nasal polyps
- Bleeding disorders such as hemophilia
- Liver disease
- Low blood pressure
- Kidney disease
- History of bleeding or stomach ulcers
- Congestive heart failure
- Heart disease
You should also avoid using Aggrenox if you are allergic to its two constituents – dipyridamole and acetylsalicylic acid. While on Aggrenox, you should also avoid or limit consumption of alcohol. Mixed with Aggrenox, alcohol can increase the risk of bleeding in the stomach. If you are to have any form of surgery, you should inform your surgeon well ahead of time that you have been using Aggrenox, which containing aspirin can cause complications in surgical procedures.
Avoid using Aggrenox if you happen to be pregnant as the drug could cause harm to the unborn baby. Hence, thoroughly consult your doctor regarding the administration of the drug whilst being pregnant and seek out less harmful alternatives.
Aggrenox Side Effects
Aggrenox has a number of side effects. If you exhibit allergic reactions to Aggrenox such as hives, swelling of tongue, swelling of lips, inflammation of throat, swelling of face, appearance of rashes, excessive itching and difficulty in breathing, you should seek emergency medical help right away and consult your doctor immediately.
The more serious side effects of using Aggrenox include:
- Fainting or weakness
- Fever that lasts for a long period of time (over three days)
- Blood in cough
- Vomit that resembles coffee grounds
- Black or bloody stool
- Problems in hearing
- Ringing sensation in the ears
- Severe nausea
- Stomach ache
- Prolonged pain that lasts longer than 10 days
- Excessive vomiting
Less harmful side effects of using Aggrenox are:
- Joint pain
- Head ache
- Mild heartburn
- Upset stomach
The above is not however an exhaustive list and other side effects may arise upon using Aggrenox.
Drug Interactions With Aggrenox
Aggrenox can prove to be harmful if used in tandem with certain other drugs. Make sure to inform your doctor about the following drugs if you are to take Aggrenox:
- Medications for gout such as Anturan (sulfinpyrazone) or Benemid (probenecid)
- Medication for Alzheimer’s Disease such as Exelon (rivastigmine), Razadyne (galantamine) or Aricept (donepezil)
- ACE inhibitors such as Capoten (captopril), Altace (ramipril), Zestril (lisinopril), Accupril (quinapril), Vasotec (enalapril) and Lotensin (benazepril)
- Medications for diabetes that are administered through the mouth
- Diuretics or water pills such as Hydrodiuril (hydrochlorothiazide), Lasix (furosemide) and Midamor (amiloride)
- Beta blockers such as Coreg (carvedilol), Tenormin (atenolol), Lopressor (metoprolol), Betapace (sotalol), Blocadren (timolol) and Inderal (propranolol)
- Medication for seizures such as Dilantin (phenytoin), Tegretol (carbamazepine) and phenobarbital
- NSAIDs (non steroidal anti inflammatory drugs) such as ibuprofen, Orudis (ketoprofen), Relafen (nabumetone), Feldene (piroxicam), Naprosyn (naproxen) and Indocin (indomethacin)
The above however is not a complete list and there are other drugs including minerals, vitamins and herbal products, which should not be used at the same time with Aggrenox. Hence, it is extremely important that you inform your doctor about any and all medications that you happen to be using.
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Notice: The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.