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Prasugrel belongs to the class of medications called platelet aggregation inhibitors or antiplatelets. It is used in addition to acetylsalicylic acid (ASA) to help prevent heart attacks, strokes, and other circulation problems in people who have had severe chest pain or a heart attack and have been treated with a procedure called angioplasty, also called balloon angioplasty.
Normally, platelets help the blood to clot when needed, such as after an injury. When arteries become narrowed by fat deposits (plaques), platelets often clump together in the vessels. Unstable plaques can rupture, leading to more platelet clumping that can cause a larger blockage of the artery. This further narrows the arteries and increases the chances of heart attack, stroke, or other circulation problems.
Angioplasty is a common technique used to mechanically widen narrowed or obstructed blood vessels with an artificial tube, called a stent. Prasugrel helps reduce the chances of platelets sticking together and forming clumps that can block an artery or a stent.
This medication may be available under multiple brand names and/or in several different forms. Any specific brand name of this medication may not be available in all of the forms or approved for all of the conditions discussed here. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here.
Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are taking this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor.
Do not give this medication to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to take this medication if their doctor has not prescribed it.
Prasugrel is normally started with a single dose of 60 mg. Thereafter, the recommended adult dose of prasugrel is 10 mg once daily for long term use.
This medication is normally taken along with aspirin to help prevent platelet aggregation. The recommended adult dose of aspirin is 75 mg to 325 mg daily.
Prasugrel may be taken with or without food.
Do not stop taking this medication without first discussing it with your doctor. Stopping this medication too early may result in increased blood clotting and increase the risk of heart attack, stroke or death due to other illnesses for which this is being used to prevent clotting.
Many things can affect the dose of medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are taking the medication without consulting your doctor.
It is important to take this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you miss a dose, take it as soon as possible and continue with your regular schedule. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
Store this medication at room temperature in the original packaging and keep it out of the reach of children.
Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.
Each 10 mg, beige, elongated hexagonal, film-coated, unscored tablet, debossed with "10 mg" on one side and "4759" on the other side, contains 10.98 mg prasugrel hydrochloride equivalent to 10 mg of prasugrel. Nonmedicinal ingredients: croscarmellose sodium, hypromellose, mannitol, microcrystalline cellulose, and vegetable magnesium stearate; color coatings: hypromellose, iron oxide red, iron oxide yellow, lactose, titanium dioxide, and triacetin.
Do not take prasugrel if you:
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