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These medicines prevent the formation of
blood clots. They can help prevent blood clots in the coronary arteries after a heart attack.
Glycoprotein IIb/IIIa inhibitors might be used with angioplasty after a heart attack. But they are not used for everyone.
Glycoprotein IIb/IIIa inhibitors may help certain people who have angioplasty after a heart attack, such as people who are at high risk for serious blood clots.footnote 1
Glycoprotein IIb/IIIa inhibitors are given in the hospital. So a person is watched closely for any side effects.
Bleeding inside the body is the most common side effect.
See Drug Reference for a full list of side effects. (Drug
Reference is not available in all systems.)
Glycoprotein IIb/IIIa inhibitors
are only used in the hospital.
Complete the new medication information form (PDF)(What is a PDF document?) to help you understand this medication.
O'Gara PT, et al. (2013). 2013 ACCF/AHA guideline for the management of
ST-elevation myocardial infarction: Executive summary. A report of the American College of Cardiology Foundation/American
Heart Association Task Force on Practice Guidelines. Circulation, 127(4): e362–e425.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerRakesh K. Pai, MD, FACC - Cardiology, ElectrophysiologySpecialist Medical ReviewerStephen Fort, MD, MRCP, FRCPC - Interventional Cardiology
Current as ofFebruary 20, 2015
Current as of:
February 20, 2015
Rakesh K. Pai, MD, FACC - Cardiology, Electrophysiology & Stephen Fort, MD, MRCP, FRCPC - Interventional Cardiology
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