Dipyridamole is used to stop platelets from coagulating. It is also used to prevent blood clots from forming on or around an artificial heart valve.
Following the dosage instructions of your doctor is the best way to use any medication. If you are unsure or do not remember the instructions then you may read the medicine label for more detailed information.
You may choose to take Dipyridamole with a meal or without one.
Drug Class and Mechanism
Dipyridamole is categorized as a coronary vasodilator. It helps to increase blood flow to the heart, which mimics an exercise test. This is followed by a thallium test.
Despite your best attempts at remembering, if you still miss out on a dose, then take it as soon as you remember about it. But keep in mind that you will have to adjust your next dose by spacing it out by 4 to 5 hours. If this is not possible, then the best thing to do would be to skip the missed dose and continue with your normal dosage schedule.
Never try to compensate for the missed dose by taking a double dose together. It may cause adverse effects.
Store Dipyridamole at room, between 68 and 77 degrees F (20 and 25 degrees C). Always keep it in a cool dark place that is not directly exposed to sources of heat or moisture and sunlight. Protect it from kids and pets.
Doctors advise against using Dipyridamole if you are allergic to any ingredient in it.
Dipyridamole may increase the risk of getting dizziness or drowsiness. This risk greatly increases if you combine it with alcoholic beverages. So please avoid them while using Dipyridamole. Also, avoid undertaking any tasks which require mental alertness (driving, handling heavy machinery etc).
The use of Dipyridamole in children is not recommended as its safety when used on children is not determined.
Do not have food or drink that contains caffeine if you are using this drug.
If you are expecting a child or are planning to have a child in the near future, then consult your doctor before using Dipyridamole to discuss any possible threats to the unborn baby.
If you are a nursing mother and breast feed your baby, then too, seek consultation before using Dipyridamole as some drugs are excreted in the breast milk and may enter the baby.
Most medications have some kind of side effects associated with them. The commonest of these side effects are temporary and mild and fade away without any special attention.
These include dizziness; fatigue; flushing; headache; nausea.
However, in some cases, these mild side effects may persist or become bothersome. In such cases, seek medical attention.
Also, in some rare cases, it may lead to severe side effects like severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); chest pain; confusion; fast, irregular, or slow heartbeat; one-sided weakness; seizures; slurred speech.
Seek medical attention if you notice any of these side effects.
Side effects that are not listed here may also occur.