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Agrylin is a brand name product made up of Anagrelide. Anagrelide can be bought as itself as a cheaper, generic alternative to Agrylin. It is available in 0.5MG and requires a prescription. This medication is usually white, but can also be grey in color and comes in capsule form for oral administration. The drug class of this medication is considered a "phospholipase A2 inhibitor."

This drug can be used for a combination of different conditions however it is primarily used to treat thrombocythemia. This is a blood disorder where there are too many platelets (blood cells) in the blood and can cause headaches, lightheadedness, weakness, chest pain and more. Platelets are created by bone marrow and when they are over produced, some serious blood circulation problems can arise. The Anagrelide blocks out the enzyme which is needed to produce the platelets, which reduces the amount of platelets in the blood.

Speak to your doctor on how she/he would like you take Agrylin.

Recommended adult dose – 1MG per day. Taken in two divided doses. Further adjustments may be needed.

Do not exceed more than 2.5MG in a single dose and your daily dose should not be more than 10MG.

Elderly patients are recommended to take the same dose as an adult dose.

Food may reduce absorbability slightly but should have an effect on results.


Tell your doctor about all medications you are currently taking including prescription, over-the-counter, vitamins, and herbal remedies.

Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on becoming pregnant before taking Agrylin.

Do not breastfeed while on this medication.

Tell your doctor if you have ever had heart problems (including a long QT on an ECG).

Side Effects

The most common and persistent side effect is a headache. You will likely only experience this one side effect however the following side effects could also occur;

  • Diarrhea
  • Weakness
  • Edema
  • Nausea
  • Abdominal pain
  • Dizziness
  • Pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Flatulence
  • Vomiting


What happens if I miss a dose?

Take the miss dose as soon as you remember or skip it if your next dose is approaching soon. Never double up on dosages.


What should I avoid while taking this medication?

ASPIRIN. Unless directed otherwise by your doctor. Taking anti-depressants can cause you to bruise or bleed easily.


How long until I start feeling relief?

Your platelet count will usually begin to show results within 7 – 14 days.


Is this medication safe for children?

It has been deemed safe and effective for children 7 years old and up. It is not recommended for children younger than 7.

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