|Generic Name||Brand Name|
|ASA with dipyridamole||Aggrenox|
These medicines may be used instead of ASA (which is also an antiplatelet medicine) or after a person has had a procedure (such as bypass surgery, atherectomy, or angioplasty) performed on a blood vessel.
These medicines can prevent the formation of blood clots in people who have peripheral arterial disease (PAD).1 Antiplatelet medicines may help lower the risk of heart attack and stroke in people who have PAD.
Some side effects of these antiplatelet medicines may include:
See Drug Reference for a full list of side effects. (Drug Reference is not available in all systems.)
All antiplatelet medicines increase the risk of bleeding.
The best dosage and length of treatment with these medicines is still under study.
Clopidogrel does not work as well as it should in some people, because their bodies do not break down the drug properly. If your doctor thinks that your body is not using clopidogrel properly, he or she may give you a genetic test. This test checks to see if you have genes that let your body use clopidogrel. If you have concerns about clopidogrel, talk to your doctor. Do not stop taking clopidogrel unless your doctor tells you to.
Last Revised: March 29, 2012
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