Angiomax

Generic Name: Bivalirudin

  • What is Angiomax?

    Angiomax is a blood-thinning medication used in combination with aspirin to treat patients with unstable angina (severe chest pain) who are to undergo a surgical procedure to unblock clogged arteries. Angiomax is also used with other medications for another type of artery-clearing procedure called percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI).

  • What is the most important information I should know about Angiomax?

    Because Angiomax keeps your blood from clotting to prevent unwanted blood clots, it can also make it easier for you to bleed, even from a minor injury. Contact your doctor or seek emergency medical attention if you have any unusual bleeding that will not stop, an unexplained fall in blood pressure, or any unexplained symptoms.

    Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment with Angiomax and aspirin.

    Tell your doctor if you are using or receiving blood thinners or any other medications used to prevent blood clots.

  • Who should not take Angiomax?

    Do not use this medication if you are allergic to Angiomax, or if you have any active major bleeding from a surgery, injury, or other medical trauma.

  • What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Angiomax?

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Angiomax. Also talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have problems with clotting (including any bleeding or blood clotting disorders), if you have heart or kidney disease, any previous surgeries, or if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.

  • 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: Your doctor will prescribe the appropriate dosage for you.

  • How should I take Angiomax?

    Angiomax is given as an injection during your procedure in a hospital setting. It is usually given in combination with aspirin.

  • What should I avoid while taking Angiomax?

    During your treatment with Angiomax, avoid taking any type of blood thinners unless your doctor tells you to. Using these medications together with Angiomax can increase your risk of major bleeding. Also use caution or avoid any activities that may increase your risk of bruising or bleeding injury.

  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Angiomax?

    If Angiomax is used 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 Angiomax with the following: blood thinning medications such as heparin, warfarin, and a class of drugs known as thrombolytics.

  • What are the possible side effects of Angiomax?

    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: back pain, pain, nausea, headache, low blood pressure, injection-site pain, bleeding

  • Can I receive Angiomax if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    Because Angiomax is intended for use with aspirin, it should only be used during pregnancy if the benefits clearly outweigh the risks. Aspirin can cause bleeding when it is taken during the last 3 months of pregnancy. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment.

    It is not known whether Angiomax is passed into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breastfeeding.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of Angiomax?

    Angiomax should be given under special circumstances determined by your doctor.

  • How should I store Angiomax?

    Your doctor will store this medication.

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