Q. Why have I been prescribed Noplaq A?
You may have been prescribed Noplaq A if you had a heart attack, were treated with stents in your coronary arteries, or had coronary artery bypass graft surgery (CABG).
Q. Is Noplaq A a blood thinner?
Yes, Noplaq A is a type of blood thinner. It works by preventing platelets (type of blood cells) from sticking together and forming clots. This action of Noplaq A helps in preventing conditions like heart attack or stroke in people with heart disease, who have recently suffered a heart attack or severe heart-related chest pain (unstable angina).
Q. How long do I need to take Noplaq A after stent insertion?
Your doctor will suggest the exact duration for which you may have to take Noplaq A. The duration will be decided after considering various factors like the illness you are being treated for, type of stent inserted, any episodes of bleeding experienced by you during treatment, etc. Usually, Noplaq A is prescribed for a minimum duration of 1 year. However, it is advised to follow your doctor's advice precisely to get maximum benefit of Noplaq A. Do not stop the medication on your own, consult your doctor first. Sudden discontinuation may increase the chances of clot formation in the stent, heart attack and can even lead to death.
Q. Can I drink alcohol while taking Noplaq A?
It is not advised to take alcohol while taking Noplaq A, as alcohol may increase your chance of stomach bleeding. As a result, you may vomit blood (which may be bright red blood or black/dark brown like coffee grounds) or you may have bloody or black tarry stools. Discuss with your doctor if you are not sure.
Q. What is the most important information I need to know about Noplaq A?
Noplaq A may cause serious or life-threatening bleeding. Moreover, you may bruise easily and it may take longer than usual for bleeding to stop even if you have a minor injury like a small cut while shaving. Get emergency medical help if you notice excessive or prolonged bleeding. You should inform your doctor if you notice black tarry stools or if there is blood in the urine. Be vigilant on any signs of stroke such as sudden numbness or weakness (one side or both sides of the body), difficulty walking, mental confusion, slurred speech, dizziness and any unexplained headache. Contact your doctor immediately if you develop any such signs of stroke as stroke is an uncommon side effect of Noplaq A and needs urgent medical attention as it can otherwise be fatal.
Q. Do I need to stop Noplaq A before surgery?
Your doctor will decide whether you need to stop taking Noplaq A before any surgery or treatment or not. Usually, if a surgery or treatment is planned beforehand, the doctor may stop Noplaq A a few days (usually 7 days) before the surgery or treatment owing to the increased risk of bleeding during the procedure. You should not stop taking Noplaq A on your own without discussing it with your doctor.
Q. Who should not take Noplaq A?
Noplaq A is not recommended for people who are allergic to it or any of its ingredients. Do not take Noplaq A if you have or ever had severe liver disease, stomach ulcers, bleeding in the brain (stroke or a transient ischemic attack, also known as TIA), or if you have a bleeding disorder known as hemophilia (disease in which blood does not clot normally). Additionally, avoid taking Noplaq A if you are trying to get pregnant, already pregnant, or breastfeeding.
Q. What if I forget to take a dose of Noplaq A?
If you forget to take a dose of Noplaq A, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take the next scheduled dose. Do not double the dose to make up for the missed one as this may increase the chances of developing side effects.
Q. What should I avoid while taking Noplaq A?
Avoid activities that may increase your chances of bleeding. Be extra careful while shaving or brushing your teeth to prevent bleeding. Also, you should avoid taking painkillers, but if you need to take one like ibuprofen for joint pain, headache, backache, etc. then consult your doctor first. This is because taking pain killers with Noplaq A may increase your chances of developing a stomach ulcer and bleeding. Refrain from taking excessive alcohol with Noplaq A as it can irritate your stomach and lead to a stomach ulcer as well.