I have had 2 strokes & my neurologist wants me to start aggrenox. Can someone tell me what to expect in the way of side effects.Will i bruise easily & bleed more ? Just any info would be helpful. Thank You.
Aggrenox contains a combination of aspirin and dipyridamole. Aspirin is in a group of drugs called salicylates. It works by reducing substances in the body that cause pain, fever, and inflammation.
Dipyridamole keeps platelets in your blood from sticking together to form clots.
Aggrenox is a capsule containing 25 mg aspirin and 200 mg dipyridamole.
Aggrenox is used to reduce the risk of stroke in people who have had blood clots or a "mini-stroke" (also called a transient ischemic attack or TIA).
Do not use Aggrenox without telling your doctor if you are pregnant. It could cause harm to the unborn baby. Use an effective form of birth control, and tell your doctor if you become pregnant during treatment. Do not use any other over-the-counter pain medication without first asking your doctor or pharmacist. Aspirin, salicylates, and NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) are contained in many medicines available over the counter. If you take certain products together you may accidentally take too much of a certain type of drug. Read the label of any other medicine you are using to see if it contains aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen, ketoprofen, magnesium and/or choline salicylate. 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.
Stop using Aggrenox and call your doctor at once if you have any symptoms of bleeding in your stomach or intestines. Symptoms include weakness or fainting, black, bloody, or tarry stools, and coughing up blood or vomit that looks like coffee grounds.
Avoid drinking alcohol while you are taking Aggrenox. Alcohol may increase your risk of stomach bleeding. If you drink more than three alcoholic beverages per day, do not take Aggrenox without your doctor's advice.
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat. Stop using Aggrenox and call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects: weakness or fainting; black, bloody, or tarry stools; coughing up blood or vomit that looks like coffee grounds; severe nausea, vomiting, or stomach pain; fever lasting longer than 3 days; swelling, or pain lasting longer than 10 days; or hearing problems, ringing in your ears.
Keep taking Aggrenox and talk to your doctor if you have any of these less serious side effects: upset stomach, mild heartburn, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea; joint pain; drowsiness; or headache.
Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome.
Hope the info helps? Take care, best wishes!
Aggrenox is no blushing violet... it has countless interactions (I'd be more concerned about these) but a reasonably low side-effect expectation. Unlike many stroke prevention medications, Aggrenox does NOT cause easy bruising. Nausea, headache, pain the the joints, and lethargy are the ones most anticipated to occur in the majority of users.
I would love to list for you the drug/food/homeopathic interactions here, but it would take up an hour or two of time and is easily found elsewhere. The government site PubMed Health has the best and most thorough precautions and interaction list I've encountered. Google Aggrenox and PubMed, or even just Aggrenox (just avoid Wikipedia or obscure/unfamiliar sites).
- Aggrenox Information for Consumers
- Aggrenox Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Aggrenox (detailed)
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