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What is Prasugrel HCl?
Prasugrel is an anti-coagulant drug that stops the blood platelets from coalescing (clotting) due to several heart or blood vessel conditions.
Prasugrel is marketed and sold under several trade names worldwide, one of which is Prasita (made by Ranbaxy). It is primarily used to stop blood clots in those people with acute coronary syndrome and who are going through a post heart attack or post stroke procedure. Prasugrel is also prescribed for some disorders of heart or blood vessels.
Prasugrel may also be prescribed for conditions not described here.
Important Information about Prasugrel HCl
Prasugrel HCl (Prasita) is an anti coagulant or blood thinner which makes you prone to bleeding easier, even with a minor injury. Contact your doctor or get emergency medical attention if you have bleeding that doesn't stop. You may also have internal bleeding (bleeding in stomach or intestines). Signs of internal bleeding include black or bloody stools, bloody cough or vomit that looks like ground coffee (signs of bleeding in gastrointestinal tract)
Remember not to take NSAIDs (Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) while taking Prasugrel HCl without the consent of your doctor. Some of the NSAIDs are ibuprofen, diflunisal, naproxen, etodolac, diclofenac, flurbiprofen, ketorolac, indomethacin, ketoprofen, mefenamic acid, meloxicam, nabumetone, or others.
If you have a surgery or any dental work scheduled in the near future, you must notify the surgeon or dentist well ahead of the procedure date. You may be asked to temporarily suspend the medication at least a week before so that you don't suffer from severe bleeding at the time of surgery or dental procedure.
Before taking Prasugrel HCl
Take care of all the precautions and points mentioned above. Remember to discuss them with your doctor prior to starting Prasugrel HCL. Do not take Prasugrel HCL (Prasita) if you are allergic to it or if you have a number of conditions mentioned above. Share your entire medical history with your doctor. It will help him or her to safely prescribe this medication to you after examining you properly.
Your Prasugrel HCl dosage may alter from normal dosage and you may require some special testing to safely take this medication if you have any of these conditions: hemophilia or other bleeding or blood clotting disorder, severe liver disease, stomach ulcer, just prior to or post a heart bypass surgery (coronary artery bypass graft or CABG
Prasugrel HCl belongs to FDA pregnancy category B which means it is not expected to cause any harm to your unborn baby if you take it during your pregnancy. It is not known whether Prasugrel HCl can pass into breast milk and harm a nursing baby.
How should I take Prasugrel HCl?
Take Prasugrel HCl medication (Prasita) strictly as prescribed by your doctor and no changes regarding its dosage and duration of using must be made without his or her advice. Your doctor may change the dosage occasionally to get the maximum benefit out of the medication.
Take Prasugrel HCl with or without food. Make it a habit to take this medication at the same time every day. Avoid crushing or breaking a Prasugrel tablet, and swallow it as it is. Take all the precautions already mentioned while taking this medication.
Store Prasugrel HCl medication in a cool and dry place as well as away from the reach of children and pets.
What if I miss a dose of Prasugrel HCl?
If you miss a dose of Prasugrel HCl medication, take it as soon as you remember it. However, if the time to take the next dose is near, skip the missed dose and take the next dose as scheduled. Don't take extra medication to compensate for the missed dose.
What if I overdose?
Get emergency medical attention or call the Doctor immediately in case of an overdose of Prasugrel HCl medication. Overdose of this medication can cause severe internal or external bleeding, leading to bloody stools or vomiting, blurred vision, watery eyes, walking troubles
Things and Activities to avoid while taking Prasugrel HCl
Remember to avoid some of the drugs already mentioned above while taking Prasugrel HCl medication (Prasita) and activities that may put you at risk of bleeding or injury. Take extra care while shaving and brushing your teeth.
Prasugrel HCl side effects
Immediately stop using Prasugrel HCl (Prasita) and seek medical attention if you get these serious side effects due to it, prominent among which are signs of external and internal bleeding: bleeding through nose or other nonstop bleeding; unexpected vaginal bleeding, bloody or black stools (tarry color); bloody urine; or bloody cough or vomit that looks like ground coffee. Some other serious side effects are jaundice characterized by yellowing of skin and eyes, chest pain, severe headache, speech problems, fever, easy bruising, weakness, or imbalance.
Some less serious side effects include mild headache, back pain, minor chest pain, cough, nausea, or tiredness.
The side effects listed above are not a complete set of side effects which you may experience due to Prasugrel HCl. Let your doctor know if you feel anything amiss and serious after taking this medication.
Prasugrel HCl Dosing Information
Prasugrel HCl dosage depends on a lot of factors. Your doctor may fix your dosage depending on your condition. Various conditions may require different dosages. Strictly follow the dosage which your doctor has decided for you.
Interaction with other drugs
There are several drugs which can potentially interact with Prasugrel HCl (Prasita). Let your doctor know if you are already taking other blood thinners like Warfarin.
The drug mentioned above is not the only one which may interact with Prasugrel. There may be others as well. Share the list of all medicines you use at present with your doctor and never start a new medication on your own.
|US Brand Name||Prasita|
|Generic Name||Prasugrel Hcl|
|Per Unit Pharmaceutical Form||Tablet|
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