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Dipyridamole Injection Side Effects Center
Medical Editor: John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP
Dipyridamole Injection is a coronary vasodilator used as an alternative to exercise in thallium myocardial perfusion imaging for the evaluation of coronary artery disease in patients who cannot exercise adequately. This medication is available in generic form. Common side effects include chest pain/angina pectoris, electrocardiographic changes, headache, and dizziness.
The dose of dipyridamole injection as an adjunct to thallium myocardial perfusion imaging should be adjusted according to the weight of the patient. The recommended dose is 0.142 mg/kg/minute (0.57 mg/kg total) infused over 4 minutes. Dipyridamole may interact with theophylline and other xanthine derivatives such as caffeine, or cholinesterase inhibitors. Tell your doctor all medications and supplements you use. During pregnancy, dipyridamole should be used only if prescribed. This drug passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breastfeeding.
Our Dipyridamole Injection Side Effects Drug Center provides a comprehensive view of available drug information on the potential side effects when taking this medication.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
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Dipyridamole Injection FDA Prescribing Information: Side Effects
Adverse reaction information concerning intravenous dipyridamole is derived from a study of 3911 patients in which intravenous dipyridamole was used as an adjunct to thallium myocardial perfusion imaging and from spontaneous reports of adverse reactions and the published literature.
Serious adverse events (cardiac death, fatal and non-fatal myocardial infarction, ventricular fibrillation, asystole, sinus node arrest, symptomatic ventricular tachycardia, stroke, transient cerebral ischemia, seizures, anaphylactoid reaction and bronchospasm) are described above (see WARNINGS).
In the study of 3911 patients, the most frequent adverse reactions were: chest pain/angina pectoris (19.7%), electrocar-diographic changes (most commonly ST-T changes)(15.9%), headache (12.2%), and dizziness (11.8%).
Adverse reactions occurring in greater than 1% of the patients in the study are shown in the following table:
|Incidence (%) of Drug-Related Adverse Events|
|Chest pain/angina pectoris||19.7|
|Electrocardiographic Abnormalities/ST-T changes||7.5|
|Blood Pressure Lability||1.6|
Less common adverse reactions occurring in 1% or less of the patients within the study included:
Cardiovascular System: Electrocardiographic abnormalities unspecified (0.8%), arrhythmia unspecified (0.6%), palpitation (0.3%), ventricular tachycardia (0.2% see WARNINGS), bradycardia (0.2%), myocardial infarction (0.1% see WARNINGS), AV block (0.1%), syncope (0.1%), orthostatic hypotension (0.1%), atrial fibrillation (0.1%), supraventricular tachycardia (0.1%), ventricular arrhythmia unspecified (0.03% see WARNINGS), heart block unspecified (0.03%), cardiomyopathy (0.03%), edema (0.03%).
Central and Peripheral Nervous System: Hypothesia (0.5%), hypertonia (0.3%), nervousness/anxiety (0.2%), tremor (0.1%), abnormal coordination (0.03%), somnolence (0.03%), dysphonia (0.03%), migraine (0.03%), vertigo (0.03%).
Gastrointestinal System: Dyspepsia (1%), dry mouth (0.8%), abdominal pain (0.7%), flatulence (0.6%), vomiting (0.4%), eructation (0.1%), dysphagia (0.03%), tenesmus (0.03%), appetite increased (0.03%).
Other: Myalgia (0.9%), back pain (0.6%), injection site reaction unspecified (0.4%), diaphoresis (0.4%), asthenia (0.3%), malaise (0.3%), arthralgia (0.3%), injection site pain (0.1%), rigor (0.1%), earache (0.1%), tinnitus (0.1%), vision abnormalities unspecified (0.1%), dysgeusia (0.1%), thirst (0.03%), depersonalization (0.03%), eye pain (0.03%), renal pain (0.03%), perineal pain (0.03%), breast pain (0.03%), intermittent claudication (0.03%), leg cramping (0.03%). In additional postmarketing experience, there have been rare reports of allergic reaction including urticaria, pruritus, dermatitis and rash.
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