ticlopidine - oral, Ticlid (cont.)
USES: This medication is used to prevent strokes in people who cannot take aspirin or for whom aspirin has failed to work. It may also be used in combination with aspirin following certain types of heart procedures (e.g., coronary stent implant).Ticlopidine is an anti-platelet drug. It works by making your blood less likely to clot.
HOW TO USE: Read the Patient Information Leaflet available from your pharmacist. Consult your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.Take this medication with food or just after a meal, usually twice daily, or as directed by your doctor. Do not take this medication two hours before or after taking antacids.Duration of therapy is based on your medical condition. If you are taking this medication to prevent clots after a stent implant, it is generally taken with aspirin for up to 30 days unless otherwise directed by your doctor. Consult your doctor for more details.Use this medication regularly in order to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, use it at the same times each day. Do not increase your dose or take this more often than prescribed. It is important to continue taking this medication even if you feel well. Do not stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor.
SIDE EFFECTS: See also the Warning section.Diarrhea, stomach upset/pain, nausea, vomiting, or dizziness may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, notify 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 unlikely but serious side effects occur: severe/persistent or bloody diarrhea, vomit that looks like coffee grounds, blood in the urine, bleeding from gums or nose, persistent dizziness.Tell your doctor immediately if any of these rare but very serious side effects occur: signs of new infection (e.g., chills, persistent sore throat), unusual weakness/fatigue, easy bruising or bleeding, mental/mood changes, numbness/tingling of arms/legs, persistent nausea/vomiting, severe stomach/abdominal pain, change in the amount of urine.A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of a serious allergic reaction include: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe 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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