Aspirin/dipyridamole (By mouth)

Introduction

Aspirin (AS-pir-in), Dipyridamole (dye-pir-ID-a-mole)

Used to prevent strokes in patients with blood flow disorders or a history of blood clots.

Brand Name(s)

There may be other brand names for this medicine.

Aggrenox

When This Medicine Should Not Be Used

You should not use this medicine if you have ever had an unusual or allergic reaction to aspirin, dipyridamole, or to pain and arthritis medicine (such as Motrin®, Advil®, Naprosyn®). Aspirin should not be given to children or teenagers with fever, chickenpox, or symptoms of the flu or viral infection, because aspirin can cause a serious disease called Reye's syndrome. You should not use this medicine if you have an active stomach ulcer or any kind of bleeding problem.

How to Use This Medicine

Capsule, Long Acting Capsule

  • Your doctor will tell you how much to use and how often.
  • Swallow the capsules whole. Do not crush, break, or chew.

If a dose is missed:

  • Use the missed dose as soon as possible, unless it is almost time for your next dose.
  • Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next regular dose.
  • You should not use two doses at the same time.

How to Store and Dispose of This Medicine

  • Store at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light.
  • Keep all medicine out of the reach of children.

Drugs and Foods to Avoid

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

  • Aspirin can cause stomach bleeding. Drinking alcohol can make this worse. If you have 3 or more drinks of alcohol every day, ask your doctor if you should use this medicine. One drink of alcohol is the same as 4 ounces of wine, 12 ounces of beer, or 1 ounce of hard liquor (gin, whiskey, and others).
  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are also using aspirin or dipyridamole (Persantine®) (not in combination), ticlopidine (Ticlid®), blood thinners (such as Coumadin®), or pain or arthritis medicine (such as Motrin®, Advil®, or Naprosyn®).
  • This medicine can interfere with the action of many other medicines. Make sure your doctor has a list of all other medicines you use.

Warnings While Using This Medicine

  • Check with your doctor before using this medicine if you have bleeding disorders, vitamin K deficiency, liver disease, or if you have ever had a stomach ulcer.
  • Before using this medicine, tell your doctor if you have asthma, chest pain, heart disease, low blood pressure, or kidney disease.
  • Talk with your doctor before using this medicine if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
  • This medicine may cause incorrect results with some urine sugar tests.
  • Stand up slowly from a sitting or lying position to decrease dizziness.

Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine

Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:

  • Blood in stools or urine
  • Chest pain
  • Severe headache
  • Severe stomach pain
  • Skin rash, severe itching or hives
  • Swelling of the face or eyelids
  • Vomiting blood or material that looks like coffee grounds
  • Wheezing or trouble breathing

If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:

  • Dizziness, lightheadedness, headache
  • Easy bruising, nosebleeds
  • Flushing (redness) in the face
  • Indigestion
  • Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea

If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088

Review Date: 2011-02-04 Reviewed By: Keywords: ,
Adam Data Copyright The information provided herein should not be used during any medical emergency or for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. A licensed medical professional should be consulted for diagnosis and treatment of any and all medical conditions. Call 911 for all medical emergencies. Links to other sites are provided for information only--they do not constitute endorsements of those other sites. © 1997- 2010 A.D.A.M., Inc. Any duplication or distribution of the information contained herein is strictly prohibited.

For information 410.787.4000

© 2013 UM Baltimore Washington Medical Center.  All rights reserved.

301 Hospital Drive, Glen Burnie, MD 21061 | 410-787-4000 | TTY 410-787-4498