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Ticlopidine

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Notes

    Related terms
    • Brand Names: Canada: Apo-Ticlopidine®;Dom-Ticlopidine;Gen-Ticlopidine;Mylan-Ticlopidine;Novo-Ticlopidine;Nu-Ticlopidine;PMS-Ticlopidine;Sandoz-Ticlopidine;Teva-Ticlopidine
    • Mexican Brand Names: Ticlid
    • Pharmacologic Category: Antiplatelet Agent;Antiplatelet Agent, Thienopyridine

    Uses
    • It is used to stop strokes.
    • It is used after a heart treatment to protect the arteries.
    • It is used to protect bypass grafts and stents in the heart.
    • It is used to protect the kidney transplant.
    • Ticlopidine stops platelets from getting sticky and clumping.

    Dosing

    How to take

    • To gain the most benefit, do not miss doses.
    • Take with food to stop an upset stomach.

    Missed Dose

    • Take a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
    • If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.
    • Do not take 2 doses at the same time or extra doses.
    • Do not change the dose or stop this drug. Talk with the doctor.

    Storage

    • Store at room temperature.
    • Protect from water. Do not store in a bathroom or kitchen.

    Safety



    Warnings

    • Ticlopidine may lower blood cell counts. You will need blood work to watch your counts.
    • Stent patients: Talk with your heart doctor before stopping this drug, even if told to do so by some other doctor.
    • Unsafe side effects may happen. This drug cannot be taken while you are taking some other drugs. Check all the drugs you are taking with your doctor.

    Avoid

    • If you have an allergy to ticlopidine or any other part of this drug.
    • Tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs. Make sure to tell about the allergy and what signs you had. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
    • If you have any of these health problems: Aplastic anemia, bleeding problems, blood disease, very bad liver disease, low platelet count, low white blood cell count, or thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura.

    Precautions

    • If you are 65 or older, use this drug with care. You could have more side effects.
    • If you have liver disease, talk with your doctor.
    • Stent patients: Talk with your heart doctor before stopping this drug for any reason.
    • Have your blood work checked often. Talk with your doctor.
    • Check all drugs you are taking with your doctor. This drug may not mix well with some other drugs.
    • Tell dentists, surgeons, and other doctors that you use this drug.
    • You may bleed more easily. Be careful and avoid injury. Use a soft toothbrush and an electric razor.
    • Avoid beer, wine, or mixed drinks.
    • Talk with your doctor before using other aspirin, products that have aspirin, blood thinners, garlic, ginseng, ginkgo, ibuprofen or like products, pain drugs, or vitamin E.
    • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant.
    • Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding.

    Side Effects

    • Anemia, low white blood cell count, and low platelet count may rarely happen.
    • Upset stomach or throwing up. Many small meals, good mouth care, sucking hard, sugar-free candy, or chewing sugar-free gum may help.
    • Loose stools.

    Contact a healthcare provider

    • If you think there was an overdose, call your local poison control center or ER right away.
    • Signs of a very bad reaction to the drug. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; seizures; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat.
    • Signs of infection. These include a fever of 100.5°F (38°C) or higher, chills, very bad sore throat, ear or sinus pain, cough, more sputum or change in color of sputum, pain with passing urine, mouth sores, wound that will not heal, or anal itching or pain.
    • Pinpoint red spots on your skin.
    • Change in strength on 1 side is greater than the other, trouble speaking or thinking, change in balance, or blurred eyesight.
    • Very bad headache.
    • Any bruising or bleeding.
    • Dark urine or yellow skin or eyes.
    • Feeling very tired or weak.
    • Any rash.
    • Health problem is not better or you are feeling worse.

    General Statements

    • If you have a very bad allergy, wear an allergy ID at all times.
    • Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
    • Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
    • Most drugs may be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.
    • In Canada, take any unused drugs to the pharmacy. Also, visit http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hl-vs/iyh-vsv/med/disposal-defaire-eng.php#th to learn about the right way to get rid of unused drugs.
    • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
    • Call your doctor for help with any side effects. If in the U.S., you may also call the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or if in Canada, you may also call Health Canada's Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.
    • Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including OTC, natural products, or vitamins.

    Author information
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    The information in this monograph is intended for informational purposes only, and is meant to help users better understand health concerns. Information is based on review of scientific research data, historical practice patterns, and clinical experience. This information should not be interpreted as specific medical advice. Users should consult with a qualified healthcare provider for specific questions regarding therapies, diagnosis and/or health conditions, prior to making therapeutic decisions.

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