Description

Effient is a prescription medication used to treat and prevent blood clots in people with coronary artery disease. Effient belongs to a class of drugs called antiplatelet agents.

Side Effects

The most common side effects of Effient include:

– bleeding

– bruising

– diarrhea

– headache

– indigestion

– low blood pressure

– nausea

Serious side effects of Effient can include:

– bleeding that is severe or cannot be stopped

– blood in the urine or stool

– coughing up blood

– dizziness or fainting

– vision problems

– shortness of breath

– swelling of the face, lips, tongue, or throat

Effient can also cause a serious allergic reaction. Symptoms of a serious allergic reaction can include:

– hives

– difficulty breathing

– swelling of the face, lips, tongue, or throat

If you experience any of these side effects, stop taking Effient and call your doctor immediately.

Effient is available in tablet form and is taken once daily. Effient can be taken with or without food.

To prevent bleeding, Effient must be used with aspirin.

Dosage

The recommended dosage of Effient for people with coronary artery disease is 10 mg once daily. Effient should be taken with aspirin.

If you miss a dose of Effient, take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue on your regular schedule. Do not take two doses of Effient at the same time.

How does Effient work?

Effient works by preventing the blood cells from sticking together and forming clots. Effient does this by blocking a protein called glycoprotein IIb/IIIa. This protein is needed for the blood cells to stick together. Effient blocks this protein and prevents the blood cells from forming clots.

Effient is used to treat and prevent blood clots in people with coronary artery disease. Effient is used in combination with aspirin. Effient is not to be used alone.