What is this medicine?
TIROFIBAN blocks platelets from forming blood clots. It is used to prevent complications during episodes of chest pain or a heart attack, or during a procedure to treat a blocked artery of the heart.
How should I use this medicine?
This medicine is for injection into a vein. It is given by a health care professional in a hospital or clinic setting.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.
What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
changes in vision
fast, irregular heartbeat
signs and symptoms of bleeding such as bloody or black, tarry stools; red or dark-brown urine; spitting up blood or brown material that looks like coffee grounds; red spots on the skin; unusual bruising or bleeding from the eye, gums, or nose
swelling of the ankles, feet, hands
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
feeling faint or lightheaded
What may interact with this medicine?
antiinflammatory drugs, NSAIDs like ibuprofen
aspirin and aspirin-like medicines
medicines that treat or prevent blood clots like warfarin, enoxaparin, dalteparin, ticlopidine
What if I miss a dose?
This does not apply.
Where should I keep my medicine?
This drug is given in a hospital or clinic and will not be stored at home.
What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?
Your doctor or health care professional needs to know if you have any of the following conditions:
bleeding problems or problems with blood clotting
blood vessel disease or damaged blood vessels
head injury or tumor
high blood pressure
history of a stroke
infection of heart
low platelet count in the blood
recent major injury or surgery
an unusual or allergic reaction to tirofiban, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
pregnant or trying to get pregnant
What should I watch for while using this medicine?
Your condition will be monitored carefully while you are receiving this medicine.
Notify your doctor or health care professional and seek emergency treatment if you develop breathing problems; changes in vision; chest pain; severe, sudden headache; pain, swelling, warmth in the leg; trouble speaking; sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm, or leg. These can be signs that your condition has gotten worse.
July 17, 2018