aspirin/dipyridamole extended-release - oral, Aggrenox (cont.)
HOW TO USE: Take this medication by mouth with or without food, usually 1 capsule twice a day (morning and evening) or as directed by your doctor. Swallow the capsule whole. Do not crush or chew the capsule because this will destroy the slow release of the drug and may increase the risk of side effects. This medication can be taken with food if stomach upset occurs.Take this medication with a full glass (8 ounces or 240 milliliters) of water unless your doctor directs you otherwise. Do not lie down for at least 30 minutes after taking this drug.Dosage is based on your medical condition and response to therapy. Use this medication regularly in order to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, take it at the same times each day.This capsule is not interchangeable with doses of aspirin and dipyridamole given as separate tablets since the same strength and slow-release dosage form are not available as individual products. Consult your pharmacist for more information.
SIDE EFFECTS: Nausea, diarrhea, stomach pain, heartburn, headache, dizziness, or drowsiness may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, contact your doctor or pharmacist promptly.Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.Tell your doctor immediately if any of these very unlikely but serious side effects occur: easy bleeding/bruising, black/bloody stools, ringing in the ears, fainting, hearing changes, mental/mood changes, persistent or severe stomach/abdominal pain, dark urine, change in the amount of urine, vomit that looks like coffee grounds, unusual weakness, yellowing eyes/skin.Seek immediate medical attention if any of these rare but very serious side effects occur: chest/jaw/left arm pain, confusion, severe headache, fast/slow/irregular heartbeat, slurred speech, vision changes, weakness on one side of the body.An allergic reaction to this drug is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of an allergic reaction include: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), dizziness, trouble breathing.This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.In the US -Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.
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