Abciximab (By injection)
Uses of This Medicine
A heart attack may occur when a blood vessel in the heart is blocked by a blood clot. Blood clots can sometimes form during PCI. Abciximab reduces the chance that a harmful clot will form by preventing certain cells in the blood from clumping together. Abciximab is used with aspirin and heparin, which are other medicines used to keep your blood from clotting.
This medicine is available only with your doctor’s prescription.
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How To Use
Your doctor will prescribe your dose and schedule. This medicine is given through a needle placed in a vein.
A nurse or other health provider will give you this medicine.
You will get a dose of the medicine before your procedure and will continue to receive the medicine for about 12 hours after.
Drugs and Foods to Avoid
Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
Some medicines can affect how abciximab works. Tell your doctor if you are taking any of the following:A blood thinner, such as warfarin Dipyridamole Pain or arthritis medicine (such as aspirin, diclofenac, etodolac, ibuprofen, indomethacin) Thrombolytic medicine, such as alteplase or streptokinase Ticlopidine
When Not To Use
This medicine is not right for everyone. Do not use it if you had an allergic reaction to abciximab or to murine proteins. Do not use it if you had internal bleeding, major surgery, or an injury within the last 6 weeks, or you used a blood thinner such as warfarin within the past week. Do not use it if you have a history of bleeding problems, stroke, cancer, very high blood pressure, or vasculitis.
Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
This medicine may cause you to bleed more easily for up to 3 days.
You will need to stay in bed for several hours after you receive this medicine.
Tell your doctor if you have received abciximab before.
Possible side effects
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Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:
Blood in your urine, or bloody or black, tarry stools
Unusual bleeding or bruising, especially where the IV needle or catheter was placed
Vomiting blood or material that looks like coffee grounds
If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
Lightheadedness or fainting
If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
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