How Prasugrel Works and What Your Doctor Needs to Know
What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider Before Taking It?Prior to taking prasugrel, talk to your healthcare provider if you have:
- A bleeding disorder
- Intestinal or stomach ulcers or bleeding
- Bleeding in the brain
- An aneurysm
- Severe liver disease, such as liver failure or cirrhosis
- A history of stroke or transient ischemic attacks (TIAs or "mini-strokes")
- Any allergies, including to food, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you:
- Will be having surgery
- Are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant (see Effient and Pregnancy)
- Are breastfeeding (see Effient and Breastfeeding).
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about any other medications you are taking, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
(Click Precautions and Warnings With Prasugrel to learn more, including information on who should not take the drug.)
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 medications work together to prevent platelets from sticking together. Prasugrel and aspirin are similar, but work on different types of receptors on the platelets.