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Dipyridamole is a prescription drug available from your pharmacy store only with the prescription of a qualified medical practitioner.
Dipyridamole is pronounced as: dye-peer-ID-a-mole
Dipyridamole is an anti platelet / platelet aggregation inhibitor.
Dipyridamole is used to prevent
- Thromboembolism after heart valve replacement,
- Transient ischemic attacks in high risk patients and
- For diagnosis of coronary artery disease
- Take dipyridamole exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If do not understand these instructions ask your pharmacist, nurse or doctor to explain them to you.
- Take dipyridamole on empty stomach 1 hr before or 2 hrs after meal with a full glass of water to avoid gastric upset.
- Avoid taking antacids together with dipyridamole as it decreases its absorption. However you may take it 1 hr before or 2 hrs after taking the medication.
- Do not take the medication in larger amounts or for longer duration than recommended by your doctor.
- Do not skip doses or stop taking dipyridamole without consulting your doctor.
- Always remember to inform your health expert if you are currently taking any OTC or prescription drugs like,
- Theophylline (anti asthma drug)
- NSAIDs like aspirin, Ibuprofen, Indomethacin, Naproxen etc
- Inform your doctor if you have following medical diseases , as Dipyridamole should be used cautiously in these conditions
- Acid peptic disease
- History of heart attack
- Low blood pressure
- Liver disease
If you are hypersensitive to dipyridamole do not use it.
Children: Safety and efficacy is not confirmed in children less than 12 years old.
Pregnant woman: dipyridamole belongs to FDA pregnancy category B. This means that dipyridamole is safe during pregnancy and is not expected to cause any harm to the unborn baby. Always inform your doctor if you are pregnant or are planning for conception.
Lactating women: It is not known whether dipyridamole passes into breast milk or if it could harm the baby. Do not take dipyridamole with out first talking to doctor if you are breast feeding baby.
Other: Do not drink alcohol.
Avoid food that contain caffeine ex: Coffee, chocolate, tea
Dipyridamole is available in the form of tablet.
Use as directed by your physician, your physician prescribes depending on the severity of disease.Use the complete course of medication as prescribed by your physician even though you feel better after one or two days of usage of medication.
If it is almost the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not take two doses at same time to cover up the missed dose.
In case of overdose contact your nearest poison control centre or emergency medical centre for immediate care by physician. The overdose symptoms of Dipyridamole are
- Rapid heart rate.
- Light headedness, fainting
- Tingling sensation in extremities
Dipyridamole may cause following side effects
- Mild skin rash or itching
Consult your doctor immediately if notice following symptoms.
- Allergic reaction like swollen lips, hives, difficulty in breathing, rashes. Peeling of skin etc
- Blood in the sputum or nasal bleed
- Prolonged bleeding from wound
- Easy bruising or bleeding
Store dipyridamole at room temp (15 – 30 degrees C). Avoid excessive heat, moisture or direct sunlight, never store in the bathroom.
Keep it out of reach of children. Make sure that any leftover portion is disposed off safely.
- Dipyridamole causes dizziness when used. Therefore when dizzy do not drive or get involve in activity which requires you to be alert.
- Inform your doctor or dentist regarding Dipyridamole medication prior to any procedure.
- Visit your doctor regularly for monitoring your progress and for lab test (liver function test, blood tests) to look for possible side effects of dipyridamole.
It is imp to read manufacturing packaging instruction carefully if available and always do not hesitate to consult pharmacist or physician for any information.
Written by: Healthplus24 team
Date last updated: April 04, 2012