Persantine is an antiplatelet drug which is used in combination with anticoagulants. It is an odorless crystalline powder in yellow color and tastes bitter. The pill is soluble in dilute acids, chloroform and methanol and practically insoluble in water. T
The medicine are insisted for oral administration and come in the tablet formation with the dosage strengths of 25 mg, 50 mg and 75 mg. It also comprises of inactive ingredients like corn starch, edible white ink, lactose monohydrate, carnauba wax, magnesium stearate. One can get generic persantine by the name dipyridamole and can use the drug upon doctor’s approval.
What is Persantine used for?
Persantine is used to prevent the forming of the clots after having heart valve replacements and is used in combination with blood thinners like warfarin. Clots are a serious condition that can cause strokes, heart attacks or blood vessels in the lungs getting blocked.
The drug can prevent the clustering of platelets and keeps the blood vessels in the heart open so as to enable the flowing of blood smoothly. It is easy to get prescribed persantine as many people use it to prevent blood clots from forming during heart valve surgeries.
The pill is believed to work by increasing the levels of body chemicals known as adenosine which widens the blood vessels to decrease the platelet activity.
How to take Persantine?
The dosage for every person differs depending upon the age, medical condition and their response to the medication. Persantine can be taken by mouth either on an empty stomach at least an hour before having food or two hours post consumption of food. In case of stomach upset, take it along food. Read the prescription label carefully and strictly adhere to the physician’s guidance.
In case of missed dose, take it the moment you remember and when it is already time for the next dose, then it is better to skip the missed dose and take the consecutive dose.
Do not take this medicine in increased or decreased dosage strength than what is prescribed and do not take it longer than what is recommended to be taken. To prevent the formation of blood clots, people can take Persantine as directed by the physician.
As the body adjusts to this drug, you might feel
- get nausea,
- stomach pain,
Get up from the bed or from chair slowly so as to reduce lightheadedness and dizziness.
Some people might experience serious side effects like
- chest pain,
- blurred vision,
- swelling of the face, throat or tongue.
If you encounter these then rush for medical help without any waiting.
Interactions with other drugs
Notify your doctor if you are taking any prescription, over the counter or herbal supplements in order to prevent any possible drug interactions.