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It prevents your blood from clotting during episodes of chest pain or a heart attack
               



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What is this medicine?

EPTIFIBATIDE (ep TIF i ba tide) prevents your blood from clotting during episodes of chest pain or a heart attack. This medicine may also be used to prevent blood clots during a procedure to treat a blocked heart artery.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
  • bleeding such as vomiting blood, black or red stools, or pink or red urine within the past 30 days
  • high blood pressure
  • injury or surgery within the past 6 weeks
  • kidney disease
  • previous stroke
  • took a drug to prevent blood clots like warfarin in the past week
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to eptifibatide, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast- feeding

How should I use this medicine?

This medicine is for injection into a vein. It is usually 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?

  • aspirin and aspirin- like medicines
  • clopidogrel
  • dipyridamole
  • herbal products containing feverfew, garlic, ginger, ginkgo, or horse chestnut
  • medicines that break up blood clots like alteplase, reteplase, streptokinase, and urokinase
  • medicines that treat or prevent blood clots like warfarin, enoxaparin, and dalteparin
  • NSAIDs, medicines for pain and inflammation, like ibuprofen or naproxen
  • 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
  • back pain
  • black, tarry stools
  • blood in the urine
  • breathing problems
  • coughing up blood
  • feeling faint or lightheaded, falls
  • pinpoint red spots on the skin
  • unusual bleeding or bruising

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • pain at site where injected

               
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