Eptifibatide - intravenous

Patient Medicine Information
Why do I need this medicine?
Eptifibatide is used together with other medicines (aspirin and heparin) in the management of unstable chest pains and to prevent complications in patients undergoing angioplasty, a non-surgical procedure used to treat the narrowed arteries of the heart.

This medicine may also be used to reduce the risk of heart attacks in patients with unstable chest pains.
How do I use this medicine?
Eptifibatide injection is to be given intravenously (into the vein). It is delivered directly into the bloodstream via the blood vessel.

Your doctor or nurse will administer the injection for you.
What should I do if I have forgotten to use this medicine?
Ensure that you keep all appointments with your doctor so that you do not miss any doses.

If you miss an appointment or miss an injection, alert your doctor or nurse. A replacement appointment or injection should be given as soon as possible.

DO NOT double a dose under any circumstances.
When should I not use this medicine?
Alert your doctor if you have the following:

- severe kidney disease
- severe liver disease
- current or recent internal bleeding (blood loss inside the body)
- history of stroke
- blood clotting disorders e.g. thrombocytopenia
- major surgery or trauma
- brain tumor
- abnormal connection between arteries and veins
- uncontrolled high blood pressure
- inflammation of the blood vessels
as Eptifibatide may not be suitable for you.

Do not use Eptifibatide with other blood thinning medicines. Please see section “Can I take this with other medicines?” below for more information.
What should I take note of while using this medicine?
Inform your doctor if you have low weight.

Let your doctor know if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

While being treated with Eptifibatide, your doctor will need to do routine blood tests to monitor your condition and check your response to this medicine.
What side effects could I experience?
Eptifibatide may cause include any of the following side effects: bleeding (e.g. blood in urine, blood in stool, vomiting blood), fast or irregular heartbeat, and pain at the injection sites.

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

- prolonged bleeding from cuts, excessive bruising
- chest pains, fainting or sudden collapse
- skin rash, breathlessness

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?
Do not use Eptifibatide with similar blood thinning medicines (e.g abciximab, tirofiban).

Inform your doctor if you are taking medicines used to eliminate or reduce the risk of blood clots e.g. aspirin, dipyridamole.

Always inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics, such as traditional Chinese medicine supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription.
What special dietary instructions should I follow?
What special dietary instructions should I follow?

Avoid alcohol.
How should I store this medicine?
How should this medicine be stored?

This medicine must be stored in a refrigerator. Do not freeze.

Medicine must not be used past the expiry date.
This information is independently developed by MIMS based on eptifibatide - intravenous 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 © 2021 MIMS. All rights reserved. Powered by MIMS.com
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