GENERIC NAME: alteplase
BRAND NAME: Activase, Cathflo Activase, TPA
GENERIC AVAILABLE: No
- Alteplase is used to treat persons with heart attacks (acute myocardial infarctions), strokes, chest pain at rest (unstable angina), blood clots in the lungs (pulmonary thrombosis or embolism), and other less common conditions involving blood clots.
- It also is used for clearing blood clots from blocked venous catheters.
The most common and serious side effect with alteplase is bleeding. Minor bleeding is more common, but significant bleeding such as into the brain (intracranial hemorrhage) or fatal bleeding also occurs.
Other important side effects include:
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