What is this medicine?
TIROFIBAN blocks platelets from forming blood clots. It is used to prevent complications during episodes of chest pain or a heart attack, or during a procedure to treat a blocked artery of the heart.
What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?
Your doctor or health care professional needs to know if you have any of the following conditions:
- bleeding problems or problems with blood clotting
- blood vessel disease or damaged blood vessels
- diabetic retinopathy
- head injury or tumor
- high blood pressure
- history of a stroke
- infection of heart
- low platelet count in the blood
- recent major injury or surgery
- an unusual or allergic reaction to tirofiban, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
- pregnant or trying to get pregnant
How should I use this medicine?
This medicine is for injection into a vein. It is given by a health care professional in a hospital or clinic setting.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.
What if I miss a dose?
This does not apply.
What may interact with this medicine?
- antiinflammatory drugs, NSAIDs like ibuprofen
- aspirin and aspirin-like medicines
- medicines that treat or prevent blood clots like warfarin, enoxaparin, dalteparin, ticlopidine
What should I watch for while using this medicine?
Your condition will be monitored carefully while you are receiving 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
- breathing problems
- changes in vision
- dark urine, stools, or vomit
- fast, irregular heartbeat
- fever, chills
- swelling of the ankles, feet, hands
- unusual bleeding, bruising, or purple spots on the skin
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
- feeling faint or lightheaded
- nausea, vomiting
Where should I keep my medicine?
This drug is given in a hospital or clinic and will not be stored at home.
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.