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Eptifibatide

INFORMATION

Uses

Eptifibatide is used in the treatment of unstable angina (chest pain).

How it works

Eptifibatide prevents platelets from sticking together which decreases the formation of harmful blood clots.

Common side effects

Inflammation of a vein, Anemia, Bleeding, Decreased blood pressure, Flushing, Gastrointestinal disturbance, Heart attack, Blockage in heart, Altered heart rate, Decreased white blood cell count, Shock, Tachycardia

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Expert advice

  • Eptifibatide may reduce the number of blood cells that are needed for clotting. Avoid situations where bruising or injury may occur. Report any unusual bleeding, bruising, blood in stools, or dark tarry stools to your doctor.
  • Before and during your treatment with eptifibatide samples of your blood will be tested as a safety measure to limit the possibility of unexpected bleeding.
  • Eptifibatide should be used with caution in the elderly, female patients and patients with low body weight because of the risk of bleeding.
  • Tell your doctor if you are using medicines to thin the blood (anticoagulants) such as warfarin, aspirin etc.
  • Talk to your doctor if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant or are breastfeeding.
  • Consult your doctor if you are taking anticoagulants (e.g. warfarin, heparin, aspirin, and dipyridamole) or painkillers (e.g. ibuprofen) or thrombolytics (e.g. alteplase) because of increased risk of bleeding.

Frequently asked questions

Eptifibatide

Q.Is eptifibatide a thrombolytic agent/ what is eptifibatide infusion/ how does eptifibatide work?
Eptifibatide is a thrombolytic drug and belongs to a class of drugs called Glycoprotein IIb/IIIa inhibitors. It works by inhibiting platelet aggregation and thus prevents blockage of blood vessels due to formation of blood clots.


Content on this page was last updated on 24 November, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)