Prasugrel is used in patients with heart disease (recent heart attack, unstable angina) who undergo a certain heart procedure (angioplasty). This medication helps to prevent other serious heart/blood vessel problems (such as heart attacks, strokes, blood clots in stents). It works by blocking platelets from sticking together to form harmful blood clots. This "anti-platelet" effect helps to keep blood flowing smoothly in your body.
How To Use
Read the Medication Guide provided by your pharmacist before you start taking prasugrel and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions, consult your doctor or pharmacist.
Take this medication by mouth with or without food, usually once a day or as directed by your doctor. Your doctor may direct you to take this medication with low-dose aspirin (usually at dosages of 81-325 milligrams a day). Follow your doctor's instructions carefully.
It is very important to take prasugrel exactly as directed. Do not increase the dose or take this medication more often than prescribed. Your condition will not improve any faster, and the risk of serious side effects may be increased. Also, do not stop using this medication unless directed by your doctor.
Dosage is based on your medical condition, weight, and response to treatment.
Use this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, take it at the same time each day.