Aggrenox is a prescription medication that consists of a combination of aspirin and dipyridamole. This medication is classified in a group of medications called salicylates. It is used as a preventive treatment to lower the risk of stroke in those who already have mini-strokes or blood clots. The way Aggrenox works is by reducing pain, fever, inflammation, and preventing your blood from clotting together.
Aggrenox should only be taken explicitly as instructed by your prescribing physician. When taking this medication, you can choose to swallow the capsule whole with or without food, but do not chew, break, or attempt to tamper with the capsule.
Keep in mind that at the beginning of your treatment you may experience frequent headaches. If the pain becomes too severe, contact your physician immediately.
It is not recommended to use Aggrenox if you suffer from asthma and polyps in your nose, or if you are allergic to aspirin or an NSAID. This medication comes with the potential risk of bleeding which can prove to be extremely severe or fatal due to the fact that your blood will not clot. If you notice any sort of bleeding that will not stop, are having black or bloody stools, or if you start to cough up blood or vomit up substances that resemble coffee grounds, you should seek emergency help immediately.
To ensure your safety while using Aggrenox, inform your doctor if you currently have a stomach ulcer, bleeding problems, heart problems, low blood pressure, or myasthenia gravis.
Taking Aggrenox comes with a potential risk of experiencing unwanted side effects. Some of the more common side effects you may experience may include a headache, heartburn, upset stomach, nausea, stomach pain, or diarrhea.
There are more serious side effects of Aggrenox that are uncommon, and you should inform your physician at once if you notice any signs of them. These side effects may include new or worsening chest pain, light-headed, hearing issues, ringing in the ears, liver problems, signs of stomach bleeding, or signs of bleeding in the brain.
Can I take other pain medications while taking Aggrenox?
No, you should avoid taking any other pain medication without discussing the risks with your prescribing physician first.
Can I drink alcohol while taking Aggrenox?
No, you should avoid drinking alcohol during treatment as Aggrenox can increase the possibility of stomach bleeding.