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Eptifibatide Solution for injection

What is this medicine?

EPTIFIBATIDE (ep TIF i ba tide) prevents your blood from clotting during episodes of chest pain or a heart attack. This medicine may also be used to prevent blood clots during a procedure to treat a blocked heart artery.

How should I use this medicine?

This medicine is for injection into a vein. It is usually given by a health care professional in a hospital or clinic setting.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:

  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue

  • back pain

  • black, tarry stools

  • blood in the urine

  • breathing problems

  • coughing up blood

  • feeling faint or lightheaded, falls

  • pinpoint red spots on the skin

  • unusual bleeding or bruising

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • pain at site where injected

What may interact with this medicine?

  • aspirin and aspirin-like medicines

  • clopidogrel

  • dipyridamole

  • herbal products containing feverfew, garlic, ginger, ginkgo, or horse chestnut

  • medicines that break up blood clots like alteplase, reteplase, streptokinase, and urokinase

  • medicines that treat or prevent blood clots like warfarin, enoxaparin, and dalteparin

  • NSAIDs, medicines for pain and inflammation, like ibuprofen or naproxen

  • ticlopidine

What if I miss a dose?

This does not apply.

Where should I keep my medicine?

This drug is given in a hospital or clinic and will not be stored at home.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:

  • bleeding such as vomiting blood, black or red stools, or pink or red urine within the past 30 days

  • high blood pressure

  • injury or surgery within the past 6 weeks

  • kidney disease

  • previous stroke

  • took a drug to prevent blood clots like warfarin in the past week

  • an unusual or allergic reaction to eptifibatide, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives

  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant

  • breast-feeding

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Your condition will be monitored carefully while you are receiving this medicine.

Online Medical Reviewer: Louise Akin, RN, BSN
Online Medical Reviewer: Daphne Pierce-Smith, RN, MSN, FNP, CCRC
Last Review Date: 9/4/2009
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