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aspirin/dipyridamole extended-release - oral, Aggrenox (cont.)

PRECAUTIONS: Before taking this medication, tell your doctor if you are allergic to dipyridamole; or to aspirin; or to other salicylates (e.g., choline salicylate); or to other pain relievers or fever reducers (e.g., NSAIDs such as ibuprofen, naproxen); or if you have any other allergies.This medication should not be used if you have certain medical conditions. Before using this medicine, consult your doctor or pharmacist if you have: severe kidney disease, aspirin-sensitive asthma (a history of worsening breathing with runny/stuffy nose after taking aspirin or other NSAIDs), severe liver disease, history of peptic ulcer disease.Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: alcohol dependence, asthma, blood/bleeding disorders (e.g., anemia, vitamin K deficiency), low blood pressure (hypotension), heart problems (e.g., angina, heart failure, heart attack), kidney problems, liver problems, certain muscle problem (myasthenia gravis), growths in the nose (nasal polyps), ongoing runny nose (rhinitis), stroke or other bleeding in the brain.This drug may make you dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do any activity that requires alertness until you are sure you can perform such activities safely. Limit alcoholic beverages because they can increase this drug's side effects (e.g., bleeding, dizziness).This medicine may cause stomach bleeding. Daily use of alcohol and tobacco, especially when combined with this medicine, may increase your risk for stomach bleeding. Limit alcohol and stop smoking. Consult your doctor or pharmacist for more information.Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist that you are taking this medication.The amount of aspirin in this medication may not be effective for the prevention of heart attack. If you require aspirin to prevent heart attack, consult your doctor or pharmacist for more information.This drug contains aspirin. Children and teenagers should not take aspirin if they have viral illnesses such as chickenpox, influenza, or any undiagnosed illness without first consulting a doctor about Reye's syndrome, a rare but serious illness.Caution is advised when using this drug in the elderly since they may be more sensitive to the effects of this drug, including dizziness and bleeding.This medication should be used only when clearly needed during the first 6 months of pregnancy. It is not recommended for use during the last 3 months of pregnancy due to the possibility of harm to an unborn baby and interference with normal labor/delivery. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.The aspirin and dipyridamole in this medication may pass into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.



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