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[Medication] Taking Dipyridamole

Post on 16/07/16

Dipyridamole keeps blood flowing smoothly by preventing platelets from clumping together. It is usually taken two to three times a day. Diypridamole could be taken alone or in combination with other blood thinners, such as Aspirin.

Special considerations while using Dipyridamole

  • Dipyridamole is best taken on an empty stomach but may be taken with meals
  • Take the amount of Dipyridamole only as directed by your doctor

What should I do if I forget to take a dose?

  • If you miss a dose of Dipyridamole, take it as soon as you remember. Then go back to your regular dosing schedule •
  • If you do not remember till the next day, do not take a double dose. Instead, go back to your regular dosing schedule

What precautions should I take while using Dipyridamole?

  • Tell all doctors, dentists, nurses and pharmacists you go to, that you are taking Dipyridamole
  • Do not stop taking Dipyridamole for any reason without first checking with the doctor who asked you to take it
  • If you are going for a surgical operation, including dental procedures, please inform your doctor as dipyridamole may need to be stopped before the procedure to prevent excessive bleeding. The medicine may be restarted by your doctor after the procedure when appropriate •
  • Dipyridamole may cause serious bleeding, especially after an injury. Sometimes, bleeding inside the body can happen without you knowing. Ask your doctor whether there are certain activities you should avoid while taking this medicine. Also, check with your doctor immediately if you are injured while being treated with this medicine

Side effects of Dipyridamole

  • Loss of appetite, nausea, diarrhoea, headache or dizziness may occur at first as your body adjusts to the medication.

Consult your doctor immediately if you experience these side effects:

Common side effects:

  • Dizziness, lightheadedness, headache
  • Nausea, vomiting or stomach upset
  • Flushing (redness) in the face

Less common side effects:

  • Chest pain (lasting longer than 15 minutes)
  • Skin rash, severe itching or hives
  • Yellowing of skin or eyes

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