What is Aggrenox?Aggrenox is a combination of aspirin and dipyridamole used to reduce the chances of a stroke in people who have had a "mini-stroke" (transient ischemic attack) or stroke due to a blood clot blocking an artery in the brain.
What is the most important information I should know about Aggrenox?If you consume three or more alcoholic drinks a day, there may be an increased risk of bleeding while on Aggrenox.
Who should not take Aggrenox?Do not take Aggrenox if you are allergic to any of its ingredients, have asthma, a persistent runny nose, nasal polyps, or severe liver or kidney disease. Aggrenox is not recommended for children and teenagers with viral illnesses, as it may cause a dangerous disorder called Reye's syndrome.
Since Aggrenox contains aspirin, people who have an allergy to aspirin and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as Advil, Motrin, and Naprosyn, or people who suffer asthma attacks after taking aspirin, should not use Aggrenox.
What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Aggrenox?Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Aggrenox. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have an ulcer, stomach problems, a specific muscle disorder called myasthenia gravis, coronary artery disease, bleeding disorders, vitamin K deficiency, or will be having surgery or dental work while taking this medication.
What is the usual dosage?The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.
Adults: The recommended dosage is 1 capsule twice a day, in the morning and evening.
How should I take Aggrenox?Aggrenox should be taken once in the morning and once in the evening, with or without food. Do not crush or chew the capsules.
What should I avoid while taking Aggrenox?Avoid drinking alcohol while you are taking Aggrenox as it may increase your risk of stomach bleeding.
Many over-the-counter pain medications contain aspirin and other NSAIDs. Do not use any over-the-counter medications without first asking your doctor or pharmacist. Taking too much of a certain type of drug may increase your risk of bleeding or decrease your kidney function.
What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Aggrenox?If Aggrenox is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Aggrenox with heart and blood pressure medications, acetazolamide, blood-thinning drugs, gout medications, methotrexate, NSAIDs such as ibuprofen, oral diabetes drugs, seizure medications, and diuretics.
What are the possible side effects of Aggrenox?Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.
Side effects may include: abdominal pain, back pain, diarrhea, fatigue, headache, joint pain
People with coronary artery disease may have new or increased chest pain.
You may bleed more easily while taking Aggrenox, which may cause bleeding into the brain, stomach, or intestines. Seek medical help right away if you pass out, develop a severe headache with drowsiness, vomit blood, or pass red stools.
Can I receive Aggrenox if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?Do not take Aggrenox if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding. The aspirin in this medication may cause harm to your unborn baby.
What should I do if I miss a dose of Aggrenox?Take it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and go back to your regular schedule. Do not take two doses at once.
How should I store Aggrenox?Store at room temperature.