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What is Aggrenox prescribed for?
Aggrenox is a prescription medicine that is used to reduce the risk of stroke in people who already had a “mini-stroke,” which is a transient ischemic attack (TIA). Strokes occur when a blood vessel in the brain is blocked by blood clots. Blood clots are an essential process that occurs to prevent excessive bleeding after being injured. However, there is a chance that this clot will break off and block a blood vessel that sends exygenated blood and nutrients to the brain and cause a stroke. Transient ischemic attacks exhibit the same signs and symptoms as an ischemic stroke, but it is short lived, so it ends before permanent damage can be done. Some symptoms of ischemic stroke include: numbing of arm or face, and speech, coordination, and vision impairment.
You can buy Aggrenox (Dipyridamole/ASA) online at My Drug Center. We have the Aggrenox generic, called Dipyridamole/ASA available for purchase as well.
How does Aggrenox work?
Aggrenox comes as pills for oral administration and contains a combination of Asprin (ASA) and Dipyridamole. Asprin belongs to a group of drugs called salicylates, and works by reducing substances in the body that cause pain, fever, and inflammation. Dipyridamole keeps platelets in your blood from sticking together to form blood clots. The Dipyridamole/ASA dosage in this medication thins the blood and prevents blood clots from forming to reduce the risk of a future, possibly more damaging stroke.
Before taking your prescribed medication read all the instructions that was provided by your pharmacist. Take Aggrenox orally twice a day, once in the morning and again in the evening with a glass of water.
This medication can be administered with or without a meal. Make sure you take Aggrenox at the same time each day to create a routine for yourself and to ensure an even spread of the Dipyridamole/ASA dosage in your system. For optimal results take this medication on a regular basis. Do not change or increase the Aggrenox dosage unless your doctor has instructed you to. You should continue taking this medication even if you feel well.
Aggrenox or the Dipyridamole/ASA generic may contain medical and non medical ingredients that could cause an allergic reaction. Consult with your doctor about any known allergies before taking your Aggrenox dosage. Speak with your doctor about any known medical conditions relating to sensitivities to aspirin, bleeding problems, low blood pressure, heart problems, stomach problems, kidney disease, liver disease, and bleeding in the brain. Tell your doctor about any current medications or supplementation to avoid interactions with Aggrenox.
Depending on your condition you may require more aspirin to help prevent heart attacks. Speak with your doctor regarding your condition to know what additional drugs you require to stay healthy.
While taking Aggrenox, you may feel dizzy, drowsy or experience blurred vision. Avoid driving a vehicle or operating heavy machinery until you feel it is safe. Alcohol and Cannabis can exasperate these side effects. Additionally you can speak with your doctor about acceptable limits for these substances while taking Aggrenox.
There is a risk of stomach bleeding with regular use of alcohol and tabacco while taking Aggrenox. Avoid or limit these substances during your treatment with Aggrenox. Additionally you can speak with your doctor on acceptable limits of alcohol and how to stop smoking.
Some Aggrenox side effects include:
Headache, nausea, vomiting, upset stomach, heartburn, diarrhea, joint pain, or drowsiness.
Some serious Aggrenox side effects are: easy bleeding or bruising, uncontrolled bleeding from gums or nose, fast/slow/irregular heartbeat, loss of appetite, dark urine, yellowing eyes or skin, unusual tiredness, or unusual weakness.
If any side effects of Dipyridamole/ASA become unmanageable speak with your doctor or pharmacist for help in managing any side effects. For any serious side effects that occur speak with your doctor right away for further treatment options.
Q: What happens if I suddenly stop taking this medication?
A: You could be at risk for a stroke if you suddenly stop taking this medication, and you could experience side effects. Speak with your doctor if you need to stop taking this medication.
Q: What is the best dosage to take for Aggrenox?
A: You doctor will be able to determine the best Aggrenox dosage from the initial diagnosis. Additionally your doctor may change your dose based on how you respond to the treatment.
Q: What happens if I miss a dose?
A: You should take the missed dose as soon you realize you have forgotten. If the missed dose is closer to your next scheduled dose, take the next schedule dose to avoid overlapping.
Q: What is the best way to store this medication?
A: This medication is stored at room temperature, and should be kept away from children and pets.
Q: How do I dispose of this medication?
A: Do not throw away this medication in wastewater. Some medication can be thrown away in dry waste, and some require a little preparation for disposal. If you are uncertain how to dispose of this medication speak with your pharmacist to safely dispose any unwanted or experienced medication.
Q: Is this medication safe to use while pregnant or breastfeeding?
A: Speak with your doctor about the risk associated with using this drug while pregnant. It is uncertain if this drug can pass into the breast milk of nursing mother. Consult your doctor to understand the risk in using this medication while breastfeeding.
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