What does Aspirin–Dipyridamole treat?
Aspirin–Dipyridamole is an antiplatelet drug prescribed to those who are at a high risk for stroke. This is prescribed to reduce the risk in patients who have had “mini strokes” (transient ischemic attacks) or those who have had a stroke due to a blood clot. This is a combination medication that works together to prevent blood clots from forming. Your physician may use this to treat other ailments based on their discretion.
Follow the Aspirin–Dipyridamole dosage prescribed by your physician. The dosage could vary based on individual patient requirements. Always follow your physician’s instructions or go by the directions on the prescription drug label. Make sure you have it with a whole glass of water. It may be taken with or without food. Never crush, chew, or break the capsule, swallow it whole. Reduce intake of alcoholic beverages while taking this. Make sure that you specifically let your doctor know if you have severe kidney or liver disease, history of peptic ulcers, alcohol dependence, low blood pressure (hypotension) and heart problems. Avoid this if you are in the third trimester of pregnancy.
Missed a dose?
Take it immediately once you remember. In case, this time falls close to the next dosage, skip it and get back to the prescribed schedule. Never take a double dose unless your physician specifically directs you to do so.
Don’t waste any time and seek immediate medical attention. Overdose symptoms that you may encounter are ringing in the ears, sweating, dizziness, weakness, fainting, restlessness, flushing and light-headedness.
Drug interactions must be considered before starting to take any kind of drug. Drug interactions might happen either when Aspirin–Dipyridamole is taken along with another drug or with certain foods. To prevent any kind of negative interaction, make sure you inform your doctor of any drugs you are taking including non-prescription medication, OTCs, health supplements like vitamins, minerals, herbal medicine, drinks with caffeine and alcohol, illegal drugs, smoking habits and so on which may increase the effect of Aspirin–Dipyridamole.
It may interact with:
It may also interact with gout medications, cholinesterase inhibitors, ACE inhibitors, Alzheimer medications, diabetes medications, oral hypoglycemics, angiotensin blockers, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, diuretics and seizure medications. This is not an exhaustive list though.
Appraise your doctor of any medical conditions that you are suffering from and your family history of medical ailments. It’s important that you do not stop or start taking any medicine without the consent of your physician.
Possible Side Effects
Aspirin–Dipyridamole might have some side effects but it’s not possible to anticipate them. It does not have any major side effects and the minor ones that may occur are temporary. In rare cases, there might be major side effects and immediate medical attention must be sought.
Some of the side effects that one may encounter are headache, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain, heartburn and drowsiness. Serious side effects are extremely rare and may include dark urine, shortness of breath, black/bloody stools, fainting, ringing in the ears and changes in vision. This is not the complete list though.
In case, there is a change in intensity of side effects or if any new side effects develop, make sure you consult your doctor.
What to ask your doctor before you start on Aspirin–Dipyridamole
- Can I take Aspirin–Dipyridamole along with other drugs?
- Are there certain foods, beverages and products to be avoided while on Aspirin–Dipyridamole?
- What is the dosage of Aspirin–Dipyridamole to be consumed?
- How should I use Aspirin–Dipyridamole?
- How will Aspirin–Dipyridamole work on my body?
- How can the drug interactions and side effects of Aspirin–Dipyridamole be minimized or completely avoided?
The health and medical information that we have provided are meant to supplement and not substitute the advice of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professionals. This does not suggest that usage of Aspirin–Dipyridamole is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Always ensure that you take this or any other drug only after consulting your physician.