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About Abciximab

Abciximab is used to prevent your blood from clotting during episodes of chest pain or a heart attack or while you are undergoing a procedure to treat a blocked coronary artery. Abciximab is often used in conjunction with other medicines.

Your Prescribing Doctor Must Know

Tell your physician if you have experienced any of these conditions for Abciximab:
  • Previous stroke
  • An unusual or abnormal reaction to abciximab, mouse or human proteins, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • Pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • Bleeding disorders or blood problems
  • Brain tumor or aneurysm
  • Breastfeeding
  • High blood pressure
  • Taking a blood thinner such as Coumadin or any medicines that affect platelets such as aspirin, ticlopidine or clopidogrel
  • Recent injury or surgery
  • Weight of under 165 pounds
  • Stomach ulcers

If you are pregnant, breast feeding or currently trying to become pregnant, make sure your doctor is aware of your maternal condition; as Abciximab may not be recommended for certain situations.

Administering Abciximab

It is important that you leave regular intervals between every dose of medication. Doing so will help the efficiency of this drug. Every prescription comes with instructions on the reverse side of each bottle or packaging. It is important that you follow the written instructions carefully as not all of them are identical.

Abciximab is to be given as an injection or infusion into a vein by a health care professional inside of a hospital or clinic setting.

Abciximab should only be taken as instructed by a professional physician. Be sure to remember not to stop taking this medicine without consulting your physician first about how to stop safely. If you are researching this medication for your child, keep in mind that children often have special dosage instructions. Ask your physician about these differences prior to starting this medication if this is the case.

What if I Miss a Dose of Abciximab

In the event that a dose of Abciximab was missed, take one as soon as you can. But if your next scheduled dose is near, wait until that next dose is due and just skip the one you’ve already missed.

Caution: You should NEVER take double or extra doses of Abciximab. Always ask your physician further about missed doses, as he may have special instructions.

Conflicting Medications

Always consult the doctor who prescribed Abciximab to you; as this is only a partial interacting medicines list:
  • Agents that treat or prevent blood clots such as heparin or warfarin
  • Cilostazol
  • Anagrelide
  • Aspirin
  • Herbal products containing feverfew, garlic, ginger, ginkgo, or horse chestnut
  • Anti-inflammatory drugs
  • Clopidogrel
  • Ticlopidine
It is important that your physician knows if you are currently taking any medications along with Abciximab; as there may be conflicting interaction. Let your physician know if you:
  • Are a smoker
  • Use any other legal or illegal drugs or substances
  • Consume alcohol or caffeine on a regular basis

All of the activities listed above could affect the results you see from taking Abciximab.

Abciximab Common side effects

The following are side effects known to be common of Abciximab and they are experienced by users. These are common, side effects but if you feel uneasy or they persist do not hesitate to contact your physician.

  • Nausea
  • Stomach ache
  • Headache
  • Pain at the site of injection

None of the above listed side effects require immediate medical attention. If you continue to experience these Common side effects for a few days, consult your prescribing physician for more advice. It is very important that you do not try to treat these symptoms on your own. Note: that elderly patients have a higher likelihood of experiencing side effects.

Abciximab Least Common side effects

The following side effects are rare and should not be taken lightly. If you experience any of these less common side effects from taking Abciximab consult your healthcare professional immediately. The following are less common side effects associated with Abciximab:

  • Back pain
  • Coughing up blood
  • Chest pain
  • Signs of bleeding such as bruising, pinpoint red spots on the skin, black tarry stools or blood in the urine
  • Dizziness or fainting spells
  • Difficulty breathing

It is important that you contact your physician right away if you've experienced any of the Less Common side effects listed above.

Abciximab Precautions

You should receive physical checkups on a regular basis; especially while taking prescription medicines. This is an easy way to monitor your progress and ensure your physical health as well. Your body may build up a dependency on Abciximab and you may experience dizziness or drowsiness up to a few days after you stop taking this medication.

Patients are advised not to operate heavy machinery or automobiles until the full effect of Abciximab is known. Do not consume alcohol while taking Abciximab. Make sure your doctor is aware of upcoming surgeries you may have scheduled; or will be scheduling while taking this medication.

Contact your doctor for professional advice if you experience a cold, coughs or allergies. You should not try to treat yourself for such symptoms. Some ingredients found in other medications may have conflicting affects while taking Abciximab and may affect desired results. Abciximab cannot be given to any person without a prescription. Sharing Abciximab is against the law.

How To Store Abciximab

The following is general storage information for Abciximab:

  • It is important that you store Abciximab at temperatures between 59 and 86 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Make sure Abciximab is kept away from direct sunlight and moisture.
  • Be sure to store Abciximab out of reach of any pets or small children; in a small childproof container.
  • Dispose of any expired or unused Abciximab properly.

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Conditions of USE: The prescription drug information on this database is to be used for instructional purposes only; it is not intended to substitute for the knowledge of a healthcare professional. Please consult a physician before and while you are taking Abciximab. If you experience any other side effects while taking Abciximab please consult an experienced professional. This database does not contain all the information regarding Abciximab nor is it intended to cover all possible directions, side effects, and uses. If you need more information regarding Abciximab, contact your physician or any other healthcare provider.

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