Dipyridamole is a blood-thinning medicine. It prevents special cells in the blood from sticking to each other. This reduces the risk of harmful blood clots forming in your body. Blood clots that form in a blood vessel inside the heart or brain can cause a heart attack or a stroke.
Dipyridamole is used together with aspirin and other medicines to reduce the risk of stroke in people at who have a high risk of getting them and to prevent harmful blood clotting in people who have had an artificial heart valve replacement.
Take Dipyridamole 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.
Take this medicine on an empty stomach, 1 hour before a meal. Maybe taken with meals to reduce stomach discomfort. Try to take it at the same time each day.
Dipyridamole 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.
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 schedule.
DO NOT double a dose under any circumstances.
If you often forget to take your medicine, let your doctor and pharmacist know.
Inform your doctor if you have:
- heart disease
- liver disease
- myasthenia gravis (muscle weakness disorder)
- blood clotting disorder
Let your doctor know if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
As Dipyridamole may increase the length of time needed to stop bleeding, alert your doctor if you have any recent injury, surgery or condition that puts you at a higher risk of bleeding.
If you are going for an operation, including minor operations and dental work, inform your doctor or dentist that you are taking this medicine.
Do not participate in activities in which you may fall or get injured, such as contact sports. Alert your doctor if you get any unusual bruising (large bruises or several bruises) or bleeding that takes a long time to stop (for example, too much bleeding when you floss or brush your teeth).
Dipyridamole 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: stomach discomfort, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, headache, flushing of the face and itchy rashes.
Some side effects may need immediate medical help. Alert your doctor quickly if you experience any of the following:
- chest pain
- unusual bleeding, especially excessive bleeding or bleeding that takes a long time to stop
- unusual bruises, especially if the bruises appear by themselves or if they cover a large area
Inform your doctor if any of these side effects do not go away or are severe, or if you experience other side effects.
Inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking medicines for myasthenia gravis e.g. neostigmine, pyridostigmine or other blood-thinning medicines e.g. warfarin, clopidogrel, ticlopidine,or aspirin.
Do not take antacids together with Dipyridamole. If you must take antacids, take them at least 1 hour before or 2 hours after you have taken Dipyridamole. Antacids can reduce the effectiveness of Dipyridamole when taken together.
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.
Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children.
Keep away from light.
Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.