Aggrenox is a medicine obtained by the combination of two different components: aspirin and dipyridamole. Its mechanism of action works by reducing some substances in the body which cause pain and inflammation.
This prescription medication is mostly used to reduce the risk of stroke in people who already had a previous ischemic attack or a stroke due to a blood clot. However it is also useful to deal with inflammation and some kinds of pain (this is mainly because one of its active components is the aspirin).
This drug may increase risk of bleeding, including internal bleeding (bleeding on the brain is possible too) thus quit using this medicine and call your doctor right away if you experience any symptoms of bleeding. It is NOT normal and it has to be seen by a specialist, so don’t ask other people if it is something to be worried about. They don’t have the answers, your doctor has.
Don’t give Aggrenox to a child or teenager, as aspirin can cause “Reye’s syndrome” a sometimes fatal condition. The drug could be especially harmful to sick kids or teens.
Don’t use any prescription pain medicines while taking Aggrenox without first talking to your doctor. You could accidentally overdose, so be careful.
Before taking Aggrenox it is highly recommendable to tell your doctor if you have or have ever had other conditions such as: Asthma, Stomach ulcers or bleeding, hemophilia and other coagulation disorders, liver or kidney diseases, heart issues, anemia or low blood pressure, etc.
Your doctor needs to be well informed on your case before you start not only this, but ANY type of treatment.
During pregnancy Aggrenox can harm the fetus. DON’T take this medicine if you’re pregnant, and be sure to use an effective method of birth control if you’re already taking it. Aspirin use in pregnancy has been associated with alterations in general hemostasis. Likewise, high doses are linked to high risk of perinatal mortality, and strong teratogenic effects.
In the case of Dipyridamole, it has been administered throughout pregnancy in patients before and no malformations have been reported connected to its use. drug also passes into breast milk and may hurt the child. Don’t use Aggrenox without talking with your doctor if you are breastfeeding. Use of high doses of aspirin can result in rashes, platelet abnormalities, and bleeding in nursing babies.
However, Aggrenox is ONLY recommended for use during this stage of life, when there are no other alternatives and the benefits overshadow the risk.
Note: There are some severe complications caused by allergic reactions to the drug. Please get emergency medical help if you have any signs of allergy, such as difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
We classify them according to their severity, of course, depending on their classification, you should take different actions.
Common side effects:
New or worsening chest pain
Loss of appetite
Yellowing of the skin
Black, bloody, or tarry stools
Coughing up blood or vomit
Swelling, or pain lasting longer than 10 days;
It’s important to remember that if you have any of these, you should call your doctor and stop using the drug immediately.
It’s usually taken orally by capsules, tablets or pills. Aggrenox usually comes by, as a capsule of 25 milligrams of aspirin and 200 mg of dipyridamole. Frequency is typically twice a day, one in the morning, and another in the evening. However, as usual, you need to take Aggrenox exactly as your doctor prescribes and according to your clinical story or case. Don’t take more of the drug than recommended.
Take it as soon as you remember. However, if it’s almost time for your next dose, skip it and continue on your regular medication schedule. It is not necessary to tell you that you should never double up your dose to make up for a missed one, or is it?
If you suspect an overdose, please contact the emergency room immediately. Symptoms of overdose may include: