Abciximab is a prescribed drug that is commonly known before as c7E3 Fab. It is a drug used primarily for the purpose of preventing the sticking of platelets, which results in blood clotting.
Abciximab is a drug manufactured by Centocor. Eli Lilly distributes it under the name ReoPro. Abciximab as a platelet aggregation inhibitor is being given to patients who are undergoing coronary artery procedures or angioplasty. By preventing blood clotting, Abciximab lessens the tendency of a heart attack that can occur during percuntaneous coronary intervention, a medical procedure to remove blocked blood vessels. Abciximab can also be used for individuals who are suffering from chronic renal insufficiency and patients with diabetes.
The dosage for this drug differs from the medical condition that is determined by doctors. In most cases, the doctors will provide the appropriate doses as well as the time intervals of each dose.
Abciximab can be used with heparin or aspirin, which are also known drugs that prevents blood clots.
Just like any other drugs, Abciximab is a drug that has known side effects. Some of the side effects of this drug are brought by its anti-platelet property. One of the known side effects is gastrointestinal hemorrhage. Some patients may also experience dizziness, sweating, back pain, weakness and might also affect normal sight.
Another side effect but very rare is thrombocytopenia. This side effect can easily be treated by platelet transfusion.
Use of the drug Abciximab involves weighing the benefits against the risks. This is a very important decision that must be discussed together with your physician. There are certain considerations involved before continuing medication with this drug.
One of the most common concerns is if you have any allergic reaction with the drug. In this aspect, your doctor may conduct series of tests in order to determine if you are allergic to the drug. You must report to your doctor if you notice any side effect while undergoing medication.
It is also important to inform your doctor if you have any other medical problems such as unusual bleeding, body injuries, stroke, liver problem, tumor and Aneurysm before medication with Abciximab. This is very important because the presence of other health problems may affect the benefits of the drug.
There are other medicines that are not recommended to be used together with Abciximab because of certain reaction that might hamper the effectiveness of the drug or might result to unwanted effects with the patient.
Some of these medicines include Acenocoumarol, Alteplase, Anistreplas, Ardeparin, Argatroban, Bivalirudin, Certoparin, Citalopram, Clopidogrel, Dalteparin, Defibrotide, Dermatan Sulfate, Desvenlafaxine, Dicumarol, Enoxaparin, Eptifibatide, Escitalopram, Fluoxetine, Fluvoxamine, Heparin, Lamifiban, Milnacipran, Nadroparin, Parnaparin, Phenindione, Phenprocoumon, Reteplase, Reviparin, Sertraline, Sibrafiban, Tenecteplase, Tinzaparin, Urokinase, Warfarin, Xemilofiban and many other drugs.
If there are cases that the patient needs any of the drugs, the doctor will determine whether it would be safe to use or might change the dosage.
It is also advisable to avoid intake of alcohol and smoking when using the drug because it may cause interactions that are risky. It is also necessary to advice your doctor if you have plans being pregnant or you are already pregnant prior to using the drug.
• Molecular formula of abciximab is C6462H9964N1690O2049S48
• Abciximab available : 2 mg/ml
• Abciximab available : 2 mg/ml
Brand name(s): ReoPro
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