Your first dose of Effient will be higher than your subsequent doses (this is called a loading dose). After the loading dose, the standard recommended amount is 10 mg once a day (or 5 mg for people under 132 pounds). Regardless of the amount you take, Effient should be taken with aspirin.
An Introduction to Your Dosage of EffientThe amount of Effient® (prasugrel hydrochloride) your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending largely on your weight. As is always the case, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically tells you to do so.
Understanding the Different DosagesThe first dose of Effient given to a person is much higher than any subsequent doses. This first dose is known as the "loading dose" and is 60 mg. After that, the standard recommended amount for most people is 10 mg once daily. For people who weigh 132 pounds or less, a smaller Effient dosage of 5 mg daily may be recommended in some situations.
Effient should always be combined with aspirin (usually 75 to 325 mg once daily).
At this time, it is not entirely clear how long people should continue to take Effient, and different healthcare providers may have different opinions on this matter. Your healthcare provider will take into account your particular situation when recommending how long you should take it.
General Information on Effient DosingConsiderations to keep in mind during treatment with Effient include the following:
- This medication comes in tablet form. It is taken by mouth once daily.
- A Effient dose can be taken with or without food.
- Effient tablets should not be broken in half.
- Your healthcare provider will take into account your particular situation when recommending how long you should continue to take this medication. Some people may need to take it longer than others.
- For this drug to work properly, it must be taken as directed. Do not stop taking it without the approval and supervision of the healthcare provider who prescribed it for you.
- If you are unsure about anything related to dosing with Effient, talk with your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist.