Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Mar 25, 2022.
Commonly used brand name(s)
In the U.S.
Available Dosage Forms:
- Powder for Solution
Therapeutic Class: Platelet Aggregation Inhibitor
Pharmacologic Class: ADP-Induced Aggregation Inhibitor
Uses for cangrelor
Cangrelor injection is used in patients undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) to lower the risk of blood clots and heart attack.
A heart attack or stroke may occur when a blood vessel in the heart or brain is blocked by a blood clot. Cangrelor reduces the chance that a harmful blood clot will form by preventing certain cells in the blood from clumping together. This effect of cangrelor may also increase the chance of serious bleeding in some people.
Cangrelor is to be given only by or under the supervision of your doctor.
Before using cangrelor
In deciding to use a medicine, the risks of taking the medicine must be weighed against the good it will do. This is a decision you and your doctor will make. For cangrelor, the following should be considered:
Tell your doctor if you have ever had any unusual or allergic reaction to cangrelor or any other medicines. Also tell your health care professional if you have any other types of allergies, such as to foods, dyes, preservatives, or animals. For non-prescription products, read the label or package ingredients carefully.
Appropriate studies have not been performed on the relationship of age to the effects of cangrelor injection in the pediatric population. Safety and efficacy have not been established.
Appropriate studies performed to date have not demonstrated geriatric-specific problems that would limit the usefulness of cangrelor injection in the elderly.
There are no adequate studies in women for determining infant risk when using this medication during breastfeeding. Weigh the potential benefits against the potential risks before taking this medication while breastfeeding.
Interactions with medicines
Although certain medicines should not be used together at all, in other cases two different medicines may be used together even if an interaction might occur. In these cases, your doctor may want to change the dose, or other precautions may be necessary. When you are receiving cangrelor, it is especially important that your healthcare professional know if you are taking any of the medicines listed below. The following interactions have been selected on the basis of their potential significance and are not necessarily all-inclusive.
Using cangrelor with any of the following medicines is not recommended. Your doctor may decide not to treat you with this medication or change some of the other medicines you take.
Using cangrelor with any of the following medicines is usually not recommended, but may be required in some cases. If both medicines are prescribed together, your doctor may change the dose or how often you use one or both of the medicines.
- Amtolmetin Guacil
- Choline Salicylate
- Dabigatran Etexilate
- Flufenamic Acid
- Mefenamic Acid
- Niflumic Acid
- Nimesulide Beta Cyclodextrin
- Protein C
- Salicylic Acid
- Sodium Salicylate
- Tiaprofenic Acid
- Tolfenamic Acid
Interactions with food/tobacco/alcohol
Certain medicines should not be used at or around the time of eating food or eating certain types of food since interactions may occur. Using alcohol or tobacco with certain medicines may also cause interactions to occur. Discuss with your healthcare professional the use of your medicine with food, alcohol, or tobacco.
Other medical problems
The presence of other medical problems may affect the use of cangrelor. Make sure you tell your doctor if you have any other medical problems, especially:
- Bleeding, active—Should not be used in patients with these conditions.
Proper use of cangrelor
A nurse or other trained health professional will give you cangrelor in a hospital. Cangrelor is given through a needle placed in one of your veins. It is given before the start of PCI.
Precautions while using cangrelor
It is very important that your doctor check you closely while you are receiving cangrelor. This will allow your doctor to see if the medicine is working properly and to check for unwanted effects. Blood tests may be needed to check for unwanted effects.
Cangrelor may increase your chance of bleeding and bruising. Check with your doctor right away if you notice any unusual bleeding or bruising, black, tarry stools, blood in the urine or stools, or pinpoint red spots on your skin.
Do not take other medicines unless they have been discussed with your doctor. This includes prescription or nonprescription (over-the-counter [OTC]) medicines and herbal or vitamin supplements.
Cangrelor side effects
Along with its needed effects, a medicine may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.
Check with your doctor or nurse immediately if any of the following side effects occur:
- Abdominal or stomach pain or swelling
- back pain
- black, tarry stools
- blood in the eyes
- blood in the urine
- bruising or purple areas on the skin
- coughing up blood
- decreased alertness
- joint pain or swelling
- Difficult or labored breathing
- tightness in the chest
- difficulty with swallowing
- fast heartbeat
- hives, itching, or rash
- large, hive-like swelling on the face, eyelids, lips, tongue, throat, hands, legs, feet, or sex organs
- noisy breathing
- puffiness or swelling of the eyelids or around the eyes, face, lips, or tongue
- unusual tiredness or weakness
Other side effects not listed may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your healthcare professional.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
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- Drug class: platelet aggregation inhibitors
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