If you have recently had an angioplasty, your healthcare provider may prescribe Effient® (prasugrel hydrochloride), an antiplatelet drug. This product is used in combination with aspirin to reduce the risk of heart attack, stroke, blood clots, and death following the angioplasty procedure to treat a blocked coronary artery after experiencing a heart attack or heart-related chest pain.
Effient comes in the form of a tablet and is taken once a day. Because the drug can cause significant side effects, such as internal bleeding, your healthcare provider will need specific information on your current medications and health history before prescribing Effient. Tell your healthcare provider if you have any of the following conditions:
A bleeding disorder
Intestinal or stomach ulcers or bleeding
Bleeding in the brain
Severe liver disease, such as liver failure or cirrhosis.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you have any allergies or are breastfeeding, pregnant, or thinking of becoming pregnant.
(For more information on this medication, click Effient. This article offers more details on what to expect while taking it, how the drug should be taken, how it performed in clinical trials, and possible side effects.)
Written by/reviewed by: Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
Last reviewed by: ArthurSchoenstadt, MD
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Effient [package label]. Indianapolis, IN: Eli Lilly and Company;2009 July.
Food and Drug Administration, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. Electronic orange book: approved drug products with therapeutic equivalence evaluations. FDA Web site. Available at: http://www.fda.gov/cder/ob/. Accessed January 7, 2010.
National Library of Medicine (US). Drugs and Lactation Database (LactMED). NLM Web site. Available at: http://toxnet.nlm.nih.gov/cgi-bin/sis/htmlgen?LACT. Accessed January 7, 2010.
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