Cardiac Medications

Anti-Platelets Medications

Antiplatelet agents are medications, which interfere with the action of small elements in the blood called platelets. Platelets adhere to bleeding sites and initiate the clotting process. Aspirin is the best known and most widely used antiplatelet agent. These agents are used to treat unstable angina and to prevent stroke and heart attack. Other agents include Dipyridamole (Persantine) and Sulfinpyrazone (Auturan). Newer agents include Ticlopidine (Ticlid) and Clopidogrel (Plavix Information Sheet). Side effects include gastro-intestinal upset and bleeding. To relieve mild GI distress take enteric coated aspirin or take these medications with food or milk. Don’t take aspirin with alcohol to avoid intestinal bleeding.

Speak with your doctor or nurse about each of these drugs individually to learn of specific points to be aware of.

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