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Generic Name: prasugrel

It helps to prevent blood clots
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What is this medicine?

PRASUGREL (PRA soo grel) helps to prevent blood clots. This medicine is used to prevent heart attack, stroke, or other vascular events in people who are at high risk.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
  • bleeding disorders
  • kidney disease
  • liver disease
  • recent trauma or surgery
  • stomach or intestinal ulcers
  • stroke or transient ischemic attack
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to prasugrel, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast-feeding

How should I use this medicine?

Take this medicine by mouth with a drink of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. You may take this medicine with or without food. If it upsets your stomach, take it with food. This medicine may be chewed or it may be crushed and put into food or liquids such as applesauce, juice, or water as long as it is taken immediately. This medicine has a bitter taste that you may notice if it is chewed or crushed. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed. Do not stop taking except on your doctor's advice.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.

What may interact with this medicine?

  • aspirin
  • certain medicines that treat or prevent blood clots like warfarin, enoxaparin, and dalteparin
  • NSAIDS, medicines for pain and inflammation, like ibuprofen or naproxen

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular check ups. Do not stop taking your medicine unless your doctor tells you to.

If you are going to have surgery or dental work, tell your doctor or health care professional that you are taking this medicine.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
  • black, tarry stools
  • blood in urine or vomit
  • breathing problems
  • changes in vision
  • confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
  • fever or chills
  • sudden weakness
  • unusual bleeding or bruising

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • diarrhea
  • headache
  • nausea, vomiting
  • pain in back, arms or legs

Where should I keep my medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children.

Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.

Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.


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