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Abciximab - Intravenous - Patient Medicine Information

> Why do I need this medicine?
> How do I use this medicine?
> When should I not use this medicine?
> What should I take note of while using this medicine?
> What side effects could I experience?
> Can I use this with other medicines?
> How should I store this medicine?

 

Why do I need this medicine?

Abciximab is used together with other medicines (aspirin and heparin) 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, not responding to the current recommended treatment and have been scheduled for angioplasty.

How do I use this medicine?

Abciximab 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.

When should I not use this medicine?

Alert your doctor if you have the following:

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

Do not use Abciximab with dextran, a plasma volume expander used in shock.

What should I take note of while using this medicine?

Inform your doctor if you have kidney disease or if you have low body weight.

Let your doctor know if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

What side effects could I experience?

Abciximab may cause any of the following: headache, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, back pain, irregular heartbeat, pain at the injection sites, swelling of the ankles, feet and fingers.

This medicine may cause your platelet levels to drop. Platelets help your blood to clot when there is a cut in the skin. A fall in the level of your platelets may put you at risk of bleeding more than usual. Do not take part in activities where you may fall or get injured, such as contact sports. Alert your doctor if you get any unusual bruising (large bruises or several bruises, especially if the bruises appeared on their own) or bleeding that takes a long time to stop (for example, too much bleeding when you floss or brush your teeth).

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 use this with other medicines?

Do not use Abciximab with dextran, a plasma volume expander used in shock.

Inform your doctor if you are taking any of these medicines:

- medicines used to eliminate or reduce the risk of blood clots e.g. warfarin, clopidogrel
- herbal supplements e.g. alfalfa, anise, bilberry

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

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.

How should I store this medicine?

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 Abciximab - 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 © 2019 MIMS. All rights reserved. Powered by MIMS.com

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