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- What is ticlopidine, and how does it work (mechanism of action)?
- What brand names are available for ticlopidine?
- Is ticlopidine available as a generic drug?
- Do I need a prescription for ticlopidine?
- What are the side effects of ticlopidine?
- What is the dosage for ticlopidine?
- Which drugs or supplements interact with ticlopidine?
- Is ticlopidine safe to take if I'm pregnant or breastfeeding?
- What else should I know about ticlopidine?
What is ticlopidine, and how does it work (mechanism of action)?
Ticlopidine is an oral drug that inhibits the ability of platelets to clump and form blood clots. It prevents blood clots by binding to the P2Y12 receptor on platelets, preventing adenosine diphosphate (ADP) from activating platelets. It belongs to a class of drugs called P2Y12 inhibitors. Other drugs in this class include clopidogrel (Plavix), ticagrelor (Brilinta) and prasugrel (Effient). Clopidogrel is similar to ticlopidine (Ticlid) in chemical structure and in the way it works. Blood clots that form within the arteries of the brain or pieces of blood clots that break off from clots in other parts of the body and lodge in blood vessels in the brain cause strokes. Similarly, heart attacks occur when blood clots block an artery in the heart. In both cases the blood supply to part of the brain or heart is blocked, and that part of the brain or heart is damaged or dies. Ticlopidine works by making the blood less likely to clot, therefore, reducing the likelihood of a stroke or heart attack. The FDA approved ticlopidine in October 1991.
What brand names are available for ticlopidine?
Ticlid (Discontinued brand in the US)
Is ticlopidine available as a generic drug?
GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes
Do I need a prescription for ticlopidine?
What are the side effects of ticlopidine?
Common side effects of ticlopidine include:
Ticlopidine has been associated with a severe reduction in white blood cell count. Ticlopidine also causes a condition called thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP). TTP is a serious condition in which blood clots form throughout the body. Blood platelets, which participate in clotting, are consumed, and the result can be bleeding because enough platelets are no longer left to allow blood to clot normally.
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