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    Information about Dipyridamole

    Dipyridamole uses

    Dipyridamole is used to prevent stroke. It is also used to prevent blood clot after artificial heart valves and reduce the risk of having another stroke in people who have already suffered a stroke.

    How dipyridamole works

    Dipyridamole is an antiplatelet medication. It works by preventing platelets from sticking together which decreases the formation of harmful blood clots.

    Common side effects of dipyridamole

    Headache, Flushing of face, Dizziness, Nausea, Diarrhoea, Decreased blood pressure

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    Expert advice for Dipyridamole

    • Good medication for preventing blood clots.
    • For best results, take Dipyridamole at the same time every day.
    • Do not discontinue use without consulting your doctor.
    • Dipyridamole increases your risk of bleeding. Be careful while shaving, cutting fingernails or toenails, or using sharp objects.
    • If you are going to have a surgery or dental treatment, you may be asked to stop taking Dipyridamole temporarily.
    • Headache is a common side effect, but it often goes away after the first week of use.

    Frequently asked questions for Dipyridamole


    Q. Is Dipyridamole a prodrug?

    No. Dipyridamole is an active form of the drug

    Q. What is Dipyridamole used for/prescribed for/what does it treat/what are Dipyridamole tablets for?

    Dipyridamole is used along with other drugs (e.g. aspirin) to reduce risk of blood clots (deep venous thrombosis, recurrent venous thrombosis) which may occur typically after surgeries (e.g. heart valve replacement surgery)

    Q. How does Dipyridamole work?

    Dipyridamole belongs to a class of drugs called antithrombotic (anticoagulant) drugs with antiplatelet activity. It reduces clot formation by interfering with the activation of platelets which is essential in clot formation

    Q. Is Dipyridamole a blood thinner/anticoagulant?

    Yes. Dipyridamole is a blood thinner or anticoagulant and reduces risk of blood clots by inhibiting platelet activity that is essential in clot formation

    Q. Is Dipyridamole a statin/NSAID?

    No. Dipyridamole is a blood thinner or anticoagulant and reduces risk of blood clots. It does not have effects like statins (lowering blood cholesterol) or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs NSAIDs (reducing pain and inflammation)

    Q. Does Dipyridamole contain aspirin?

    Dipyridamole and aspirin are two different drugs with similar uses but different mechanism of action. Some marketed medicines may contain a combination of aspirin and Dipyridamole (e.g. Aggrenox)

    Q. How does Dipyridamole stress test work?

    The Dipyridamole stress test or thallium scan test helps your doctor identify areas of your heart which do not receive enough blood supply (myocardial perfusion) due to diseases of blood vessels in the heart (coronary artery disease). Dipyridamole is directly administered into blood vessels (IV) to induce stress on the heart which is similar to physical exercise by increasing blood flow to the heart. It is usually used in patients who cannot exercise.

    Content on this page was last updated on 10 January, 2018, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)