Rx: Only available by prescription
Brand Name Effient Options
Generic Prasugrel Options - Manufacturer: Generic
What are Generics? A generic
drug is a copy of the brand-name drug with the same dosage, safety, strength, quality,
how it is taken, performance, and intended use. Before generics become available
on the market, the generic company must prove it has the same active ingredients
as the brand-name and works the same way in the body in the same amount of time.
The only differences between generics and their brand-name counterparts is the generics
are less expensive and may look slightly different (e.g. different shape or color),
as trademark laws prevent a generic from looking exactly like the brand-name drug.
Generics are less expensive because generic manufacturers don't have to invest large
sums of money to invent a drug. When the brand-name patent expires, generic companies
can manufacture a copy of the brand-name drug and sell it at substantial discounts.
This medicine is classed as an ‘anti-platelet drug’ which works to reduce the formation of blood clots. It may be used to reduce the risk of a stroke or heart attack in high risk patients. Alternatively, it may be used in patients who have had a heart attack or stroke to minimize injury and improve survival.
Effient contains the active ingredient called Prasugrel.
Take this medicine as directed by your doctor. Please read the enclosed leaflet carefully and ask your nurse, doctor or pharmacist any questions you may have.
You may take this medicine with food or on an empty stomach. Swallow whole; do not break, crush or chew this medicine. If you miss a dose, take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, then ignore your skipped dose and take your next scheduled dose. Do not take two doses at once.
You will also need to take aspirin while taking Effient or Prasugrel. Consult your doctor in regards to this.
Store this medicine at 77 degrees F (25 degrees C). Brief storage at temperatures between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C) is permitted. Store this medicine in the original container with the lid tightly closed. Do not remove the desiccant (gray cylinder) from the bottle.
Do not take this medicine if you are allergic to Prasugrel or any ingredients in this product.
Do not exceed your dose or stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor. Suddenly stopping this medication may increase your risk of heart problems or death.
Please keep your doctor and laboratory appointments while taking Effient or Prasugrel. If you are having any dental, surgical, or medical procedure, advise staff you are taking this medication. In most cases, you should not take this medication for 7 days prior to surgery.
Before taking any new prescribed or over-the-counter medications, check with your doctor or pharmacist as a potential drug interaction may occur.
This medication may cause dizziness. Please avoid driving or operating machinery until you know how you react to this medicine. This medicine reduces the clotting ability of your blood. This means that you will bleed more than usual if you are injured. Reduce the risk of this occurring by avoiding activities in which you may be bruised or bumped easily.
For women who wish to become pregnant, please discuss the risks and benefits of this medicine with your doctor. It is not known if this medicine is excreted into breast milk, therefore it is advised that you consult your doctor before you decide to breastfeed.
Caution is advised if this medicine is used in elderly patients, as they may be more sensitive to the effects of Effient or Prasugrel, especially the risk of serious and sometimes fatal bleeding (including bleeding in the brain). This medicine is not recommended for patients over 74 years of age, except in high-risk situations (e.g., diabetes, history of heart attack). This will be determined by your doctor.
Thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP) is a rare but serious complication that may develop with the use of this medicine. Although unlikely, please be aware of the symptoms and seek immediate medical attention if they occur. Symptoms include: purple patches on the skin, fever, weakness, unusually pale skin, yellowing of the skin or eyes, or change in the amount of urine produced.
Effient Side Effects
Some minor side effects associated with Effient or Prasugrel include: back pain; cough; diarrhea; mild bruising or bleeding; nausea; nosebleeds; or tiredness. If these are severe, contact you doctor.
Contact your doctor immediately if you experience black, tarry, or bloody stools; change in the amount of urine; chest pain; confusion; coughing up blood; dark or bloody urine; dizziness; fast or irregular heartbeat; fever, chills, or persistent sore throat; one-sided weakness; pale skin; purple spots on the skin; seizure; severe or persistent headache; severe or persistent nosebleeds; shortness of breath; speech problems; stomach pain; unusual bruising; unusual or severe bleeding (eg, excessive bleeding from cuts, increased menstrual bleeding, unexplained vaginal bleeding, unusual bleeding from the gums when brushing); unusual tiredness or weakness; vision changes; vomit that contains blood or looks like coffee grounds; or yellowing of the skin or eyes.
An allergic reaction to this medicine unlikely, however seek medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of an allergic reaction include: trouble breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips or tongue; rash; itching; or hives.
This is not a complete of all side effects. If you would like more information, or advice on how to manage side effects, contact your doctor.
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Effient Active Ingredients