Ticlid is an oral tablet made up of a platelet aggregation inhibitor called ticlopidine. We carry both the brand choice and the generic alternative of Ticlid in 250mg.
Ticlid is used in post-heart attack patients, post-stroke patients, and patients who have had a stent placed in the arteries that supply the heart with blood. It is used in these patients to help prevent blood clots from occurring. Blood clots are gel-like clumps of your blood and have both beneficial purposes and harmful risks. They help our body prevent bleed-outs during injury; when the blood is clumped together, it can’t bleed out as fast. Most blood clots will dissolve on their own; however, sometimes, they do not. If blood clots are not caught soon enough, they can cause complications such as pulmonary embolism, kidney failure, deep vein thrombosis, and pregnancy complications. Heart attacks and strokes are caused by blood clots the majority of the time, which is why the risk of blood clots in those who have recently experiences a heart attack or stroke are so high. The blood clot risk is also high in patients who have had a stent implanted because the body can sometimes cause the blood to clot when in constant contact with a foreign object, such as a stent.
Ticlid (ticlopidine) is effective at preventing blood clots because it is able to stop the platelets in the blood from sticking together; blood clots occur when platelets stick together.
Take Ticlid (ticlopidine) exactly the way your doctor has prescribed it to you. It is important to follow directions given by your doctor to not only avoid adverse interactions and side effects but to also allow for the most effective dose to prevent blood clots. If you forget how your doctor would like you to take Ticlid (ticlopidine), you may be able to find instructions on the prescription bottle. Do not take this medication for longer than prescribed, or in smaller or larger amounts. Do not suddenly stop taking this medication. Keep up with frequent medical tests that are required while being treated with this medication.
Take this medication twice a day, with food or following a meal.
Do not use this medication if you are allergic to ticlopidine or if you have severe liver disease, active bleeding (like a stomach ulcer or a bleeding brain), or a blood cell disorder.
Dose adjustment or special precautions may be required
To ensure this medication is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have high cholesterol, a stomach ulcer, stomach or intestinal bleeding, a history of surgery, injury, or medical emergency, or liver or kidney disease.
This medication is not expected to harm an unborn child. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant.
It has not yet been established if this medication will pass into breast milk or if it will harm a nursing child. Talk to your doctor about the risks if you are breastfeeding.
Ticlid can lower the blood cells that aid in fighting infections and blood clotting, because of this, you may find yourself with infections or easy bleeding.
If you need dental work; you must tell your dentist ahead of time that you are using Ticlid. You may need to temporarily stop using Ticlid (for at least 10-14 days), otherwise, you risk excessive bleeding.
Common side effects of Ticlid (ticlopidine) may include:
low blood cell counts; diarrhea, nausea, vomiting; upset stomach; or rash.
The above side effects should not alarm you.
Serious side effects of Ticlid (ticlopidine) may include:
any bleeding that will not stop; severe or ongoing diarrhea; pink or brown urine;
low blood cell counts; fever, chills, flu-like symptoms, swollen gums, mouth sores, skin sores, rapid heart rate, pale skin, easy bruising, unusual bleeding, feeling light-headed;
liver problems; nausea, upper stomach pain, itching, tired feeling, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes);
signs of stomach bleeding; bloody or tarry stools, coughing up blood or vomit that looks like coffee grounds; or
signs of a serious blood-clotting problem; pale skin, purple spots under your skin or on your mouth, problems with speech, weakness, seizures (convulsions), dark urine, jaundice.
If you have any of the above side effects or signs of complications, contact your doctor right away.
Please note this is not a complete list of side effects. Not everyone experiences side effects; they are not guaranteed. If you do have side effects and they become unmanageable, consult your doctor about alternate medications.
What other medications may interact with Ticlid?
Other medications that may interact with Ticlid include other blood-clot prevention medications, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, antacids, phenytoin, or theophylline. This is not a complete list of drugs that may interact with Ticlid.
Is there anything else I should mention to my doctor?
You should mention to your doctor if you ever take NSAIDs, which includes ibuprofen/Advil and naproxen/Aleve. Using this types of drugs together with ticlopidine can cause you to bruise or bleed even more easily.
How should I store this medication?
Ticlid (ticlopidine) should be stored at room temperature. Protect Ticlid (ticlopidine) from heat and moisture. For safety measures, keep out of reach of children and pets.
What happens if I miss a dose?
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember or skip it if your next dose is approaching soon. Do not attempt to make up for a missed dose by doubling up on dosages.
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