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Aggrenox Patient Information including How Should I Take
In this Article
- What is aspirin and dipyridamole (Aggrenox)?
- What are the possible side effects of aspirin and dipyridamole (Aggrenox)?
- What is the most important information I should know about aspirin and dipyridamole (Aggrenox)?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking aspirin and dipyridamole (Aggrenox)?
- How should I take aspirin and dipyridamole (Aggrenox)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (Aggrenox)?
- What happens if I overdose (Aggrenox)?
- What should I avoid while taking aspirin and dipyridamole (Aggrenox)?
- What other drugs will affect aspirin and dipyridamole (Aggrenox)?
- Where can I get more information?
What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking aspirin and dipyridamole (Aggrenox)?
Aspirin should not be given to a child or teenager who has a fever, especially if the child also has flu symptoms or chicken pox. Aspirin can cause a serious and sometimes fatal condition called Reye's syndrome in children.
Do not use this medication if you are allergic to aspirin or dipyridamole (Persantine), or if you have:
- nasal polyps; or
- a history of allergy to an NSAID (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug) such as Advil, Motrin, Aleve, Orudis, Indocin, Lodine, Voltaren, Toradol, Mobic, Relafen, Feldene, and others.
Before taking aspirin and dipyridamole, tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs, or if you have:
- a history of stomach ulcers or bleeding;
- a bleeding disorder such as hemophilia;
- heart disease, congestive heart failure, or recent heart attack;
- liver disease;
- kidney disease; or
- low blood pressure.
If you have any of these conditions, you may need a dose adjustment or special tests to safely take this medication.
FDA pregnancy category D. This medication can cause harm to an unborn baby. Do not use aspirin and dipyridamole without telling your doctor if you are pregnant. It could harm the unborn baby. Use effective birth control, and tell your doctor if you become pregnant during treatment.
Aspirin and dipyridamole can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
How should I take aspirin and dipyridamole (Aggrenox)?
Take this medication exactly as it was prescribed for you. Do not take the medication in larger amounts, or take it for longer than recommended by your doctor. Follow the directions on your prescription label.
Take each dose with a full glass (8 ounces) of water.
You may take aspirin and dipyridamole with or without food.
Do not crush, chew, break, or open an extended-release capsule. Swallow the pill whole. It is specially made to release medicine slowly in the body. Breaking or opening the pill would cause too much of the drug to be released at one time.
Taking the combination of aspirin and dipyridamole (Aggrenox) is not equivalent to taking each of the medications separately. Take only the medication your doctor has prescribed.
If you need to have any type of surgery, tell the surgeon ahead of time that you are taking aspirin. You may need to stop using the medicine for a short time.
Store aspirin and dipyridamole at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
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