Aggrenox (Dipyridamole/ASA) Product Information
Aggrenox is a medication used to reduce the risk of a stroke in patient’s who have already experienced a transient ischemic attack (TIA). The capsules contain 2 anti-platelet medications, aspirin and dipyridamole. They cause the platelets in your blood to be less sticky, and reduce pain and inflammation which therefore is preventing blood clots from forming.
What is Aggrenox used for?
Aggrenox will be prescribed to people who are at risk of stroke or who have a history of blood clots. It is used when you have inflammation or pain, and it will also ensure that the blood platelets do not clot by making them less sticky.
When you are prescribed Aggrenox it will be in a two-part capsule with one-part aspirin and one-part dipyridamole so that both areas will be covered.
Aggrenox can be taken with or without food and there should be one tablet taken in the morning and the second at night. It should not be broken up or chewed but should be swallowed whole.
There are options to alter the dosage when it comes to some side effects such as headaches and that will be just take the evening dose and replace the morning one with just aspirin. As soon as the headaches subside, the normal dosage should be continued hopefully within a week. This should be discussed with your doctor prior to making changes.
There could be some side effects when taking Aggrenox, but not everyone will suffer from them. Some may be severe enough to require emergency medical interventions, then others may just require that they are mentioned to your health care provider. The ones at the lower end of the scale should not need any medical help at all, but it will be best to mention if they do not seem to subside. The sort of issues that will require you telling the doctor are:
- Stomach pains
Less serious ones that will be bothersome but will not require you to see a doctor are: –
- Heartburn or indigestion
- Painful or stiff muscles sometimes including problems moving
- Swollen joints
There are certain conditions that you should make sure that your doctor is aware of. There can be an increase of bleeding and if this seems to last for a while, contact the doctor. This includes if there is blood in the stools or if you vomit blood.
Before taking anything else with Aggrenox, speak to your doctor, and that includes any over the counter medicine. The items to look for are aspirin, naproxen, and magnesium of ibuprofen. Tell your doctor of any allergies you have and also if you have suffered from any of the following conditions:
- Nose polyps
- Severe reaction to aspirin or any other NSAID
- Stomach ulcer
- Heart problems
- Myasthenia Gravis
- Low blood pressure
There is a risk for a woman taking Aggrenox when they are pregnant as the aspirin content could cause bleeding during delivery. It will also be best to check with a doctor regarding breast feeding. The final group of people who should not be prescribed it are young people who have either chicken pox or flu. There is the risk of Reye’s syndrome and this can be fatal.