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What condition does Prasugrel treat?

Prasugrel is used by patients with heart disease such as unstable angina or who had a recent heart attack. This is recommended for those who undergo a certain heart procedure or called angioplasty. This medicine is usually used along with aspirin.

Prasugrel is in the class of medications called anti-platelet. This antiplatelet effect helps to keep blood flowing smoothly in your body. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has already approved this medication.

How does Prasugrel work?

Prasugrel works by preventing platelets from collecting and forming clots. In which it may cause a heart attack or stroke.

This medication is a thienopyridine and a prodrug that inhibits ADP receptors. It is by irreversibly acting on the platelets. The active metabolite of this medicine prevents the binding of adenosine diphosphate (ADP) to its platelet receptor. It also prevents impairing the ADP-mediated activation of the glycoprotein complex.

What is the recommended dosage of Prasugrel?

This medicine is to be taken by mouth with a full glass of water. It is usually taken once a day. You may take it with or without food.

The recommended dosage is based on your condition, weight, and response. To help you remember, take it at the same time each day. Do not increase your dose or take this drug more often than prescribed.

Prasugrel will help prevent serious problems with your heart and blood vessels only as long as you take the medicine. Do not stop taking this medicine without talking to your doctor. If you stop taking this medicine, there is a higher risk that you may have a heart attack, develop a blood clot, or die.

What are the side effects of Prasugrel?

Common side effects:

  • Nosebleeds
  • Easy bruising or bleeding
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Tired feeling
  • Cough nausea
  • Rash
  • Fever
  • Diarrhea
  • Back pain
  • Minor chest pain
  • Shortness of breath

Call for medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Hives
  • Swelling of your lips, face, throat, or tongue

What are the precautions in taking Prasugrel?

  • Before taking this medication, tell your doctor if you have or have ever had kidney disease. Tell also your doctor if you have any prescription or non-prescription medications (vitamins, herbal products, or nutritional supplements).
  • Older adults may be more sensitive to the side effects of this drug especially bleeding.
  • Inform your doctor if are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or a breastfeeding woman while having this treatment.
  • Limit alcoholic beverages. Ask your doctor about how much alcohol you may safely drink.
  • Tell all of your medical doctors, dentists, and nurses that you are taking this medication. Prasugrel may increase the risk of serious bleeding during an operation or some dental procedures. Treatment may have to be stopped about 7 days before the operation or dental procedure.
  • As this medicine keeps your blood from clotting, Prasugrel can also make it easier for you to bleed, even from a minor injury. Seek emergency medical attention if you have any bleeding that will not stop.