Aggrenox is used to reduce the risk of stroke in patients who have had "mini-strokes" (transient ischemic attacks) or a previous stroke due to a blood clot and are at high risk for another stroke. It contains two medications, a very low dose of aspirin (25 milligrams per tablet) and dipyridamole in a slow-release form. Low-dose aspirin and dipyridamole are anti-platelet drugs that work to keep blood flowing to the brain by stopping platelets from clumping together. This helps prevent the platelets from forming blood clots, which can lodge in the brain and cause a certain type of stroke (ischemic stroke).
Nausea, diarrhea, stomach pain, heartburn, dizziness, or drowsiness may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, contact your doctor or pharmacist promptly. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects. Tell your doctor immediately if any of these very unlikely but serious side effects occur: easy bleeding/bruising, black/bloody stools, ringing in the ears, fainting, hearing changes, mental/mood changes, persistent or severe stomach/abdominal pain, dark urine, change in the amount of urine, vomit that looks like coffee grounds, unusual weakness, yellowing eyes/skin.
Seek immediate medical attention if any of these rare but very serious side effects occur: chest/jaw/left arm pain, confusion, severe headache, fast/slow/irregular heartbeat, slurred speech, vision changes, weakness on one side of the body. An allergic reaction to this drug is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of an allergic reaction include: rash, itching, swelling, dizziness, trouble breathing.
Before taking Aggrenox, tell your doctor if you are allergic to dipyridamole; or to aspirin; or to other salicylates (e.g., choline salicylate); or to other pain relievers or fever reducers (e.g., NSAIDs such as ibuprofen, naproxen); or to tartrazine dye; or if you have any other allergies.
The generic alternative is not manufactured by the company that makes the brand product.
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