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Coronary Artery Disease (CAD) and Angina and Antiplatelet Agents

Written by ColleenO.

Antiplatelet agents prevent the formation of blood clots. Common antiplatelet agents include:

  • Aspirin
  • Clopidogrel (Plavix)
  • Ticlodipine (Ticlid)
  • Dipyridamole (Persantine)

Effect of Antiplatelet Agents on Coronary Artery Disease (CAD) and Angina

Antiplatelet agents help treat coronary artery disease (CAD) and angina by preventing the formation of blood clots. They do this by keeping platelets from clumping and sticking together.

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How to Use Antiplatelet Agents

Aspirin

A small, daily dose of aspirin has been shown to decrease the risk of heart attack by preventing blood clots from forming. Taking aspirin regularly may have serious side effects, such as bleeding in the stomach and gastrointestinal tract, so ask your doctor before taking aspirin daily.

Possible side effects of prescription antiplatelet agents include:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Skin rash
  • Ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
  • Skin bruising
  • Irritation of the stomach lining
  • Bleeding from the digestive system and other internal organs
  • Allergic reaction

Aspirin should generally be taken with food to decrease stomach upset. Possible side effects include:

  • Stomach upset
  • Gastrointestinal bleeding and stroke
  • Bronchospasm

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