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How Does Prasugrel Work?

This medication is an antiplatelet drug. It helps to prevent blood platelets from sticking together, which is an important step in clot formation. Prasugrel is similar to an older antiplatelet medication known as Plavix® (clopidogrel).
Prasugrel is intended to be taken with aspirin. The two drugs work together to prevent platelets from sticking together. Prasugrel and aspirin are similar, but work on different types of receptors on the platelets.

Can Children Use Prasugrel?

Prasugrel has not been approved for use in individuals under the age of 18, as it has not been adequately studied in this age group.

Is Prasugrel Used for Off-Label Reasons?

On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend this product for something other than the conditions discussed in this article (this would be known as an "off-label" use). At this time, using prasugrel in situations when angioplasty was not performed, such as if a heart bypass was performed instead, is considered an off-label use.
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