AGGRENOX is a prescription medication used to lower the risk of stroke in people who have had a "mini-stroke" (transient ischemic attack or TIA) or stroke due to a blood clot.

Symptoms and Long-term Effects

Signs and symptoms

The most common type of stroke is an ischemic stroke, which occurs when a blood clot blocks an artery or other blood vessel, preventing blood flow to the brain. Ischemic strokes account for about 87% of all strokes.

The signs and symptoms can include sudden:

  • Numbness, weakness, or paralysis (particularly of the face and arm)
  • Confusion
  • Trouble speaking or understanding speech
  • Impaired vision in one or both eyes
  • Dizziness
  • Loss of balance or coordination
  • Severe headache with no known cause

The symptoms of a TIA (transient ischemic attack or "mini-stroke") are the same. But, since the blockage is temporary, they may last for only a few minutes. After that, the symptoms disappear without leaving any permanent damage.

During a stroke, blood supply to the brain is more significantly blocked than in a TIA, and for a longer period of time, which can lead to more serious or permanent damage.

Identify symptoms of stroke and TIA ("mini-stroke")

Use the symptom map to help identify many of the possible symptoms of a TIA (transient ischemic attack or "mini-stroke") or stroke due to a blood clot. Click on each point to learn more about symptoms of a TIA or stroke that may affect different areas of your body.

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Long-term effects

Stroke is a leading cause of long-term disability. A stroke can cause a range of damage—depending on the part of the brain affected. A patient may experience some of the following common long-term effects of stroke:

  • Weakness or paralysis of one side of the body
  • Emotional problems such as depression due to a disability
  • Cognitive difficulties (trouble with thinking, understanding, learning, or remembering)
  • Difficulty with speech

Increased risk

In addition to the lasting effects of stroke, it's important to remember that having a stroke or TIA increases the risk of a future stroke.

  • Of the 795,000 Americans who suffer from a stroke each year, up to 1 out of every 4 will have a recurrent stroke within 5 years.
  • Up to 1 in 6 patients who have a TIA (transient ischemic attack or "mini-stroke") will have a stroke within 90 days

Remember—having a stroke or TIA is an emergency. If you experience any of these symptoms, call 9-1-1 or a medical emergency number immediately.

Next:  Risk Factors for Stroke

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IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION

Aggrenox® (aspirin/extended-release dipyridamole) 25 mg/200 mg capsules is a prescription medicine used to lower the risk of stroke in people who have had a "mini-stroke" (transient ischemic attack or TIA) or stroke due to a blood clot.

AGGRENOX should be avoided in patients who are allergic to any ingredient in AGGRENOX, or allergic to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), or who have the combination of asthma, runny nose, and nasal polyps. AGGRENOX should not be given to a child or teenager.

AGGRENOX increases the risk of bleeding, including bleeding into the brain, stomach or intestines. Any bleeding you have may take longer to stop when you are taking AGGRENOX.

AGGRENOX should be avoided by patients with a history of stomach ulcers or those who drink three or more alcoholic drinks a day, as these can increase the risk of bleeding. Patients should tell their doctor about all medicines they are taking, especially blood thinners, heparin, warfarin, NSAIDs, heart medicines, or medicines for high blood pressure, including diuretics ("water pills").

AGGRENOX should be avoided during pregnancy, especially in the third trimester. AGGRENOX should be avoided in patients with severe liver or kidney problems. The most common side effects of AGGRENOX are headache, upset stomach, and diarrhea.

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA.
Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

Click here for full Prescribing Information including Patient Information.

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION

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IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION

Aggrenox® (aspirin/extended-release dipyridamole) 25 mg/200 mg capsules is a prescription medicine used to lower the risk of stroke in people who have had a "mini-stroke" (transient ischemic attack or TIA) or stroke due to a blood clot.

AGGRENOX should be avoided in patients who are allergic to any ingredient in AGGRENOX, or allergic to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), or who have the combination of asthma, runny nose, and nasal polyps. AGGRENOX should not be given to a child or teenager.

AGGRENOX increases the risk of bleeding, including bleeding into the brain, stomach or intestines. Any bleeding you have may take longer to stop when you are taking AGGRENOX.

AGGRENOX should be avoided by patients with a history of stomach ulcers or those who drink three or more alcoholic drinks a day, as these can increase the risk of bleeding. Patients should tell their doctor about all medicines they are taking, especially blood thinners, heparin, warfarin, NSAIDs, heart medicines, or medicines for high blood pressure, including diuretics ("water pills").

AGGRENOX should be avoided during pregnancy, especially in the third trimester. AGGRENOX should be avoided in patients with severe liver or kidney problems. The most common side effects of AGGRENOX are headache, upset stomach, and diarrhea.

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA.
Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

Click here for full Prescribing Information including Patient Information.