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  • Asasantin Retard
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  • 200mg/25mg
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Asasantin Retard - dipyridamole/aspirin - 200mg/25mg - 60 Capsules Aggrenox/​Asasantin Retard dipyridamole/aspirin Brand United Kingdom 200mg/25mg 60 Capsules DR $42.79 -

Medicines have benefits and some have risks. Always read the label and use only as directed. If symptoms persist or you have side effects see your health professional. Brands and generics both contain the same active ingredient(s) and are medically equivalent. Some brands are marketed under different names by the same manufacturing country depending on the country of origin.

Asasantin Retard (dipyridamole, aspirin) is predominantly used to help prevent stroke in patients who have a history of stroke or are otherwise at high risk. The vast majority of patients who use this product are older adults. Parents should not give Asasantin Retard to children without explicit doctor approval.

This medication comes in modified-release capsules, typically taken twice per day, morning and evening. Capsules must be swallowed whole and not be split, chewed, dissolved, or otherwise damaged; doing so destroys the modified-release properties.

Asasantin Retard is usually prescribed to patients who have had a stroke or mini-stroke due to a blood clot. It may also be prescribed in patients at high risk of experiencing a stroke, such as a family history or detection of blood clots before they cause harm. In other words it may be prescribed to patients who:

  • Have had a prior stroke
  • Have a history of blood clots
  • Have a family history of stroke
  • Are otherwise at high risk of stroke from blood clots

The medication contains two active ingredients, both of which help prevent blood clots:

  • Aspirin is a common NSAID that, in addition to reducing inflammation, pain, and fever, inhibits the formation of blood clots.
  • Dipyridamole also inhibits the formation of blood clots and has additional vasodilation properties, which improves blood flow.

Both aspirin and dipyridamole are antiplatlet drugs, meaning they prevent blood clots from forming. They're also sometimes called anti-thrombotic agents.

How to Take Asasantin Retard

Asasantin Retard comes in one strength; 25 mg aspirin and 200 mg dipyridamole. Likewise treatment in the majority of patients is very similar:

  • Take two capsules per day, one in the morning and one in the evening.

Some individuals experience moderate to severe headaches upon starting treatment. If this happens:

  • Take one Asasantin Retard capsule in the evening and an aspirin-only dose in the morning for one week.
  • After a week resume two Asasantin Retard capsules per day; headaches should no longer occur.

Treatment is typically long-term, spanning several years at a minimum. Many patients are advised to take Asasantin Retard, or a similar medication, for the remainder of life.

Lifestyle changes may make a difference for some patients, ultimately making the risk of blood clots and/or stroke very minimal. However, for others lifestyle changes will make little difference, or the patient may not be physically able to make adequate changes. This should be discussed with a doctor, and treatment with Asasantin Retard should not end without doctor instruction.

Potential Complications

Asasantin Retard should only be used under advice of a doctor, and regular checkups should be attended to monitor for developing complications.

This product can produce severe complications when other medical conditions are present or certain other medications are being taken.

Medical conditions of particular concern include:

  • Any bleeding disorders
  • Any heart problems
  • Kidney or liver impairment
  • History of ulcers
  • Asthma
  • Nasal polyps

And medications of concern include:

  • Any other blood thinners
  • Any other NSAIDs (ibuprofen, aspirin, etc)
  • Diabetes medications
  • Seizure medications
  • Heart medications
  • Blood pressure medications

Patients who have the above conditions or are taking the above medications may still be able to take Asasantin Retard if the benefits are thought to outweigh the risks, but the risks are there and patients should know what warning signs to be alert for. More frequent doctor checkups to monitor developing adverse effects are also advisable.

In otherwise healthy patients, the greatest concern with taking Asasantin Retard is its anti-clotting properties. Bleeding may occur easier and take much longer to clot; this has obvious drawbacks if wounded. Treatment with Asasantin Retard will need to stop prior to any type of surgery, during pregnancy, and any other scenario in which bleeding is likely. Avoid activities in which injury is likely---such as contact sports---for the duration of treatment.

When Asasantin Retard is used as directed serious side effects are rare in otherwise healthy patients. More common side effects, which aren't cause for concern unless severe, include:

  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Mild headache
  • Heartburn
  • Mild fatigue

In most cases the above side effects will stop occurring after a few weeks of treatment. Because this medication can cause fatigue in some individuals, use caution until effects are known.

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