Patient Medicine Information
Why do I need this medicine?
Anagrelide is used to treat a disorder in which there are too many blood cells known as platelets.

Large number of platelets in the blood may cause clotting and some problems with circulation. This medicine helps prevent these problems by reducing production of too many platelets.
How do I take this medicine?
Take Anagrelide exactly as directed by your doctor or according to the instructions on the label. Do not take more or less than instructed by your doctor.

You may take this medicine with or without food. Swallow it whole with a glass of water. Do not break or chew the capsule. Try to take it at the same time each day.

Anagrelide must be taken regularly for it to be effective. Continue taking this medicine even when you feel better. Do not stop taking it unless instructed by the doctor.
What should I do if I have forgotten to take this medicine?
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your normal dosing schedule.

DO NOT double a dose under any circumstances.

If you often forget to take your medicine, let your doctor and pharmacist know.
When should I not use this medicine?
Alert your doctor if you have severe liver disease as this medicine may not be suitable for you.
What should I take note of while taking this medicine?
Inform your doctor if you have the following conditions:

- kidney disease
- heart disease

Let your doctor know if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

If you are going for an operation, including minor surgery and dental work, inform your doctor or dentist that you are taking this medicine.

Keep your appointments with your doctor. Your doctor needs to monitor your condition and check your response to the medication regularly.

- The electrical activity of your heart will be examined before and during medication.
- Routine blood tests (platelet count), liver and kidney function tests may be needed while you are being treated with this medicine.
- Regular monitoring of blood pressure, heart rate, electrolyte (potassium, magnesium, calcium) level in the blood or any signs of bleeding may also be needed.
Your doctor will advise you about how often you need to have these tests.
What side effects could I experience?
Anagrelide may cause dizziness. If affected, do not drive or take part in any activity in which you need to be alert.

Other side effects include any of the following: headache, diarrhoea, vomiting, stomach pain, nausea, stomach wind, tiredness, weakness, rash and swelling of the ankles, feet or hand.

Some side effects may need immediate medical help. Alert your doctor quickly if you experience any of the following:

- fast or irregular heartbeat
- chest pain
- unusual bleeding or bruising
- difficulty breathing

Inform your doctor if any of these side effects do not go away or are severe, or if you experience other side effects.
Can I take this with other medicines?
Inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any of these medicines:

- other blood-thinning medicines e.g. aspirin
- medicines for heart disease e.g. amiodarone, amirinone, cilostazol, milrinone
- medicines for depression e.g. fluvoxamine
- antibiotics e.g. clarithromycin, ciprofloxacin
- stomach medicines e.g. omeprazole

This list does not include all medicines that may interact with Anagrelide.

Always notify your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics such as traditional Chinese medicines, supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription.
What special dietary instructions should I follow?
Avoid alcohol and grapefruit juice.
How should I store this medicine?
Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children.

Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.
This information is independently developed by MIMS based on anagrelide-oral and is provided for your reference only. It is not a replacement for and should only be used in conjunction with full consultation with a licensed healthcare professional, the information provided by your pharmacist and/or the manufacturer of the medication. It may not contain all the available information you require and cannot substitute professional medical care, nor does it take into account all individual circumstances. Although great effort has been made to ensure content accuracy, we shall not be held responsible or liable for any claims or damages arising from the use or misuse of the information contained herein, its contents or omissions, or otherwise. Copyright © 2023 MIMS. All rights reserved. Powered by
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