Dipyridamole is used to prevent thromboembolism in patients who have received prosthetic heart valves and to assess heart health in patients who cannot tolerate a standard stress test. The drug is a vasodilator and stimulates blood flow to the heart. When used in place of a stress test, the results mimic the effects of exercise. The drug is available as a tablet or as an IV solution. It may not be appropriate for people who suffer from asthma, angina or an irregular heartbeat. It may also adversely affect people who have muscle weakness. As with all drugs, before taking this medication, you should make your doctor aware of any medications you may be taking, including prescription and over-the-counter drugs, as well as supplements and herbal remedies. You should also let your doctor know if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, and if you have any allergies to drugs or foods.
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Dipyridamole is used to prevent blood clots in patients who have had heart valve replacements. Below you will find the uses of dipyridamole.
- Blood clots
- Post-surgery usage
Dosage of dipyridamole is dependent on the individual and the condition it is being taken for. A typical dosage of dipyridamole can be found below.
- To prevent thromboembolism: 75 to 100 mg by mouth, three to four times daily
- For radionuclide myocardial perfusion study: .57 mg per kg of body weight, delivered by IV
Dipyridamole Side Effects
Some patients may experience side effects while taking dipyridamole, both mild and severe. This list does not include all side effects and may vary by individual. Consult with a doctor immediately if you experience:
- Chest pain
- Stomach pain
- Dizziness or faintness
- Swelling of the neck
- Swelling and pain of the joints
- Jaundice, or yellowing of the skin or eyes
- Development of gallstones
- Hair loss
Like any other drug, dipyridamole has been known to interact with other drugs and substances. You should consult your doctor before starting any new medication, including over the counter drugs. Below you will find a list of drugs and substances that may interact with dipyridamole. Note that not all possible interactions are listed here.