Dipyridamole helps prevent clotting of platelets in the blood and the formation of a blood clot on the artificial heart valve or around it.
Dipyridamole is used to prevent blood clots after heart surgery.
Dipyridamole may also be used for other purposes not listed in this manual.
Follow all directions on the label and package. Tell each of your health care providers about all of your medical conditions, allergies and all the medicines that you use.
You should not use dipyridamole if you are allergic to it.
To make sure that dipyridamole is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have:
- coronary artery disease;
- liver disease;
- low blood pressure;
- uncontrolled chest pain (angina pectoris); or
- if you recently had a heart attack.
This medicine should not harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.
Dipyridamole can penetrate into breast milk and harm the breastfeeding baby. Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
Dipyridamole should not be administered to a child younger than 12 years of age.
Side Effects of Dipyridamole
Obtain immediate medical attention if you have signs of an allergic reaction: shortness of breath; swelling of the face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Call your doctor right away if you have:
- frivolous feeling, how could you die;
- chest pain; or
- liver problems – nausea, stomach pain, itching, fatigue, loss of appetite, dark urine, clayey stool, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes).
Elderly people are more likely to feel dizzy while taking dipyridamole.
Common side effects may include:
- abnormal liver function tests;
- rash; or
- stomach upset.
This is not a complete list of side effects, and others may also occur. Ask your doctor about side effects.
Do not take aspirin while you are taking dipyridamole. Many of the drugs available at the counter also contain aspirin or similar drugs called salicylates. Talk with your doctor before taking any other medicines for pain, arthritis, fever, or swelling. Check the label to see if the medicine contains aspirin.
Avoid too fast lifting from sitting or lying position, you can feel dizzy. Get up slowly to prevent falling.
Other drugs may interact with dipyridamole, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins and plant products. Tell each of your health care providers about all the medicines that you are using now, and about any medicine that you start or stop using.
Dosing of dipyridamole
Follow all directions on the recipe label. Do not take this medicine in large or small quantities, or longer than recommended.
Dipyridamole is often taken with other drugs to prevent blood clots. To best treat your condition, use all medicines as directed by your doctor. Do not change the dose or timing of taking medication without consulting a doctor.
When using dipyridamole, you may need to take frequent blood tests.
Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
Symptoms of overdose may include restless feeling, sweating, weakness, or fainting.
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip it if it’s time for your next scheduled dose. Do not take additional medication to make up for the missed dose.