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Viladil (Generic Ticlid)
Brand Names: Viladil, Ticlid
Generic Name: Ticlopidine Hydrochloride
This medicine is a platelet aggregation inhibitor used to reduce the risk of stroke. It may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor
Why is Ticlid prescribed?
Ticlid helps reduce the formation of blood clots in people who have had heart valve surgery. It is used in combination with blood thinners such as Coumadin.
Some doctors also prescribe Ticlid in combination with other drugs, such as aspirin, to reduce the damage from a heart attack and prevent a recurrence, to treat angina, and to prevent complications during heart bypass surgery.
Most important fact about Ticlid
Ticlid is sometimes used with aspirin to provide better protection against the formation of blood clots. However, the risk of bleeding may also be increased. To reduce this risk, take only the amount of aspirin prescribed by the same doctor who directed you to take Ticlid. If you need a medication for pain or a fever, do not take extra aspirin without first consulting your doctor.
How should you take Ticlid?
Ticlid must be taken exactly as your doctor prescribes, at regularly scheduled times. It is best to take Ticlid on an empty stomach, with a full glass of water. However, if this upsets your stomach, you can take the drug with food or milk. Do not change from one brand of dipyridamole to another without consulting your doctor or pharmacist. Products manufactured by different companies may not be equally effective. ---If you miss a dose...Take it as soon as you remember. If it is within 4 hours of your next scheduled dose, skip the dose you missed and go back to your regular schedule. Never take 2 doses at the same time. ---Storage instructions...
Store Ticlid at room temperature. Protect Ticlid from excessive heat.
What Ticlid side effects may occur?
Ticlid Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, inform your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking Ticlid.
More common Ticlid side effects may include:
Abdominal distress, dizziness
Less common or rare Ticlid side effects may include:
Angina pectoris (crushing chest pain), burning or tingling sensation, diarrhea, fatigue, feeling flushed, gallstones, hair loss, headache, itching, joint pain, liver problems, muscle pain, nausea, palpitations, rapid heartbeat, skin rash, swollen voice box, upset stomach, vomiting
Possible food and drug interactions when taking Ticlid
If Ticlid is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Ticlid with the following:
Blood thinners such as Coumadin
Valproic acid (Depakene)
Special Ticlid information if you are pregnant or breastfeeding
The effects of Ticlid during pregnancy have not been adequately studied. If you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant, inform your doctor immediately. This drug appears in breast milk and may affect a nursing infant. If this medication is essential to your health, your doctor may advise you to discontinue breastfeeding until your treatment with this medication is finished.
Recommended Ticlid dosage
The usual recommended Ticlid dose is 75 milligrams to 100 milligrams, 4 times a day.
The safety and effectiveness of Ticlid have not been established in children under 12 years of age.
Low blood pressure is the most common symptom of overdose and usually lasts for a short period of time. If this occurs, contact your doctor or emergency room immediately.