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Description

What is Effient (Prasugrel) prescribed for?

This medication is normally used alongside aspirin by patients with heart disease who undergo angioplasty, or those that have recently suffered from a heart attack or have unstable angina.  This medication is also known to help prevent other serious heart and blood vessel problems such as; heart attacks, strokes, and blood clots in stents. Overall this medication works by blocking platelets from sticking together and prevents them from forming any kind of harmful blood clots. In turn, this effect helps keep blood flowing smoothing within your body.

This medication comes in two different strengths which are 5mg and 10mg. Remember your dose is based on your medical background and your overall response to the treatment. If your doctor or pharmacist has given you some information in the form of a pamphlet, take the time to read up on this drug, and if you have any questions or concerns regarding this medication, please consult your doctor.

Directions

This medication is to be taken by mouth, usually once a day. And it can be taken with or without food. You doctor may recommend you take this medication with low dosage aspirin. Be sure to follow your doctor’s instructions carefully.

Do not split the tablet before taking it. It is very important you take this medication exactly as directed. Do not increase your dose or take it more often then what has been prescribed to you.  And remember the dosage given to you is based on your medical condition, weight, and your response to the treatment.

Cautions

Before taking this medication, tell your doctor if you are allergic to Prasugrel; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems

Before using this medication, tell your doctor of your medical history, especially if you have experienced any of the following; blood disorders (such as hemophilia), bleeding problems (such as bleeding of the stomach/intestines, bleeding in the brain), blood clots in the brain (stroke, transient ischemic attack-TIA), recent major injury/surgery, liver disease, stomach/intestinal ulcers.

This medicine may cause stomach bleeding. Daily use of alcohol while using this medicine will increase your risk for stomach bleeding. Limit alcoholic beverages. Ask your doctor or pharmacist about how much alcohol you may safely drink.

Side Effects

Common side effects of this medication do include the following; Headache, nausea, nosebleed, and stomach.  It is best to speak with your doctor promptly if you are experiencing any of these side effects.

This medication can cause serious bleeding. Tell your doctor right away if you have any signs of serious bleeding, including: unusual pain/swelling/discomfort, unusual bruising, prolonged bleeding from cuts or gums, persistent/frequent nosebleeds, unusually heavy/prolonged menstrual flow, coughing up blood, bloody/black/tarry stools, bloody urine, vomit that is bloody or looks like coffee grounds, severe headache, dizziness/fainting, shortness of breath, chest pain, difficulty swallowing.

Prasugrel has rarely caused a certain blood disorder (thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura). Get medical help right away if you develop symptoms of this blood disorder, including: vision changes, slurred speech, confusion, yellowing eyes/skin, dark urine, signs of kidney problems (such as change in the amount of urine), unusual weakness/tiredness, unexplained fever.

A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, get medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: severe rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.

FAQs

What happens if I suddenly stop taking this medication?

There may be a relapse in symptoms as well as side effects. You should speak your doctor before stop taking this medication.

 

What is the best dosage to take?

The diagnosis with your doctor will be able to determine the best dosage for your treatment. Work with your doctor closely for dosage and dosing schedules.

 

What happens if I miss a dose?

You should take the missed dose as soon you realize you have forgotten. If the forgotten dose is closer to your next scheduled dose, take the next schedule dose to avoid overlapping in dose.

 

What is the best way to store this medication?

This medication is stored at room temperature, and should be kept away from children and pets. Do not throw away this medication in the wastebasket. If you are uncertain how to dispose of this medication speak with your pharmacist for help in safely disposing of this medication.