Commonly known as c7E3 Fab, Abciximab is used to prevent the sticking of platelets which results in blood clotting. This drug is manufactured by Centocor, and is also distributed under the name ReoPro.
Abciximab inhibits platelet aggregation, and is given to patients undergoing angioplasty, or any coronary artery procedures. It lessens the tendency of having a heart attack, which could happen even under a medical procedure of removing blocked blood vessels. Those individuals suffering from diabetes and chronic renal insufficiency could also take this medication.
Depending on the medical condition determined by doctors, the dosage for this medication varies. In most cases, doctors recommend the doses and the time interval of each. Abciximabn could be used with other blood clot preventing medications such as heparin and/or aspirin.
Side Effects and Allergic Reactions
Just like other medications, Abciximab also has its share of side effects. Since the drug is used to induce bleeding, one of the commonly known side effects is gastrointestinal hemorrhage. Depending on the patient's sensitivity to these medications, some may experience back pain, sweating, dizziness, weakness, fatigue and may also affect normal sight. Another known side effect, although rarely experienced by some is the thrombocytopenia, or the decrease of platelets. Platelet transfusion could be administered to treat this side effect.
Before trying to use this medication, it is best to consult with the doctor first, as an allergy test will be given to determine if the patient could use Abciximab safely without experiencing adverse reaction or allergies.
Before using Abciximab, or any related medication, let the doctor know if there are any previous unusual bleeding, stroke, liver problem, body injuries, tumor and aneurysm, as these may cause some other health problems when under medication.
Try to consult the doctor should there be any medications you are taking aside from Abciximab. There may be certain reaction that may cause unwanted effects with the patient. Drugs that are not recommended to use within the course of Abciximab treatment are: Alteplase, Acenocoumarol, Anistreplas, Ardeparin, Bivalirudin, Argatroban, Certoparin, Citalopram, Clopidogrel, Daltepatrin, Dermatan Sulfate, Defibrotide, Desvenlafaxine, Dicumarol, Eptifibatide, Enoxaparin, Escitalopram, Fluvoxamine, Fluoxetine, Heparin, Lamifiban, Milnacipran, Parnaparin, Nadroparin, Phenindione, Phenprocoumon, Reteplase, Sertraline, Reviparin, Sibrafiban, Tinzaparin, Tenecteplase, Urokinase, Warfarin, Xemilofiban, and many others. If patients are not certain whether their other medications are safe to take with Abciximab or not, consulting the doctor is always a wise move.
Using Abciximab with alcohol and smoking is highly discouraged as it may cause some interactions which could be very risky and life threatening. If you are pregnant, or planning to be pregnant within the time frame of treatment, seek for the doctors advise regarding the use of this drug.
Brand Name: ReoPro
Related Medications: Zyloprim, Aloprim
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