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Aspirin, Dipyridamole Oral capsule, extended-release
What is this medicine?
ASPIRIN; DIPYRIDAMOLE (AS pir in; dye peer ID a mole) is used to decrease the risk of stroke in patients who have had a stroke or transient ischemic attack. A transient ischemic attack is also known as a TIA or mini-stroke.
This medicine may be used for other purposes; ask your health care provider or pharmacist if you have questions.
What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
bleeding or clotting problems
drink more than 3 alcoholic beverages a day
kidney or liver disease
stomach ulcers, or other stomach problems
vitamin K deficiency
an unusual or allergic reaction to aspirin, dipyridamole, salicylates, NSAIDs, tartrazine dye, other medicines, dyes, or preservatives
pregnant or trying to get pregnant
How should I use this medicine?
Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the label. The capsules must be swallowed whole. Do not crush or chew. You can take this medicine with or without food. Take your doses at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.
Overdosage: If you think you have taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.
NOTE: This medicine is only for you. Do not share this medicine with others.
What if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.
What may interact with this medicine?
Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:
This medicine may also interact with the following medications:
antiinflammatory drugs, NSAIDs like ibuprofen
aspirin-containing medicines or other salicylates
medicines for Alzheimer's disease or myasthenia gravis
medicines for diabetes that are taken by mouth
medicines for high blood pressure like ACE inhibitors or beta-blockers
medicines for seizures like phenytoin or valproic acid
This list may not describe all possible interactions. Give your health care provider a list of all the medicines, herbs, non-prescription drugs, or dietary supplements you use. Also tell them if you smoke, drink alcohol, or use illegal drugs. Some items may interact with your medicine.
What should I watch for while using this medicine?
Do not take other aspirin products unless directed by your doctor or health care professional. Many non-prescription medicines contain aspirin. To prevent accidental overdose, read labels carefully and do not take more than one product that contains aspirin.
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.
If you have diabetes, this medicine may affect your blood sugar levels. Check with your doctor or health care professional before you change your diet or the dose of your diabetes medicine.
Aspirin can irritate your stomach. Drinking alcohol and smoking cigarettes can make this irritation worse and may cause ulcers or bleeding problems. Ask your doctor or health care professional for help to stop smoking or drinking. Do not lie down for 30 minutes after taking this medicine to prevent irritation to your throat.
If you are receiving cancer chemotherapy or medicine for your immune system, do not take this medicine without checking with your doctor or health care professional. Aspirin may hide the signs of an infection like fever or pain and increase your risk of bleeding.
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
fast, irregular heartbeat
pain on swallowing
redness, blistering, peeling or loosening of the skin, including inside the mouth or nose
ringing in the ears
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
unusually weak or tired
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
This list may not describe all possible side effects. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Where should I keep my medicine?
Keep out of the reach of children.
Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Protect from excessive heat and moisture. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.
About Our Stroke Center
At Broward Health Coral Springs, assessment and treatment begin in the Emergency Department by our Brain Attack Team (BAT). The BAT is available 24/7 and consists of Emergency Medical Services (EMS and paramedics), emergency medicine physicians, neurologists, neurosurgeons, interventional radiologists, radiologists and nursing staff. Our designated Stroke Unit is also equipped with state-of-the-art technology to ensure your loved one receives the best possible care. Broward Health Coral Springs is recognized as a certified Primary Stroke Center by the Joint Commission.
What Is a Stroke or Brain Attack?
Every 45 seconds, someone in America has a stroke. Every three minutes, someone dies of one.
Stroke is a cerebro-vascular disease that affects the arteries leading to and within the brain. It is the third leading cause of death in the United States and the leading cause of adult disability.
A stroke is similar to a heart attack. In a heart attack the blood flow is interrupted in the heart and it doesn't get enough oxygen. A brain attack is similar but blood flow to the brain is interrupted, the brain does not get enough oxygen and brain cells quickly begin to die.
If you think someone may be having a stroke, act F.A.S.T. and do this simple test:
FACE Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
ARMS Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
SPEECH Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence. Are the words slurred? Can he/she repeat the sentence correctly?
TIME If the person shows any of these symptoms, time is important.
Call 911 and get to the hospital fast. Brain cells are dying.
Remember, 80 percent of strokes are preventable. Which means every year, up to 600,000 Americans could have prevented their strokes.
Common Questions Regarding a Stroke
What are the benefits of a Stroke Center?
- Reduced morbidity and mortality
- Advanced use of acute stroke therapies
- Fewer stroke complications
- Improved long-term outcomes
- Improved efficiency of patient care
- Increased patient satisfaction
Another way to remember stroke symptoms:
- Sudden weakness on one side of the body or sudden weakness/numbness of face, arm, or leg
- Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
- Sudden trouble seeing
- Sudden trouble walking or loss of balance
- Sudden severe headache
Call 911 at any sign of stroke
Controllable Risk Factors
Many of the things that increase your stroke risk can be controlled. The diseases that increase risk can be treated. Lifestyle choices such as eating and exercise habits can be changed.
Treatable Diseases That Increase Stroke Risk:
- High Blood Pressure (hypertension)
- Atrial Fibrillation (irregular heartbeat)
- High Cholesterol
Lifestyle Choices That Increase Stroke Risk:
- Tobacco Use/Smoking
- Alcohol Use
- Obesity/Excessive Weight
Uncontrollable Risk Factors
Some risk factors are controllable while others are not. The following are things you can't control but need to be aware of since they increase your risk for stroke.
- Age. A stroke can happen to anyone, but your risk of stroke increases with age. After the age of 55, your stroke risk doubles for every decade.
- Gender. Stroke is more common in men than women. But more women than men die from stroke.
- Race. If you are African American, your risk is twice the rate for whites. If you are Hispanic or Asian/Pacific Islander, your stroke risk is also higher than Caucasions.
- Family History. If someone in your family has had a stroke, you have a higher risk of stroke yourself.
- Previous Stroke or TIA. If you have already had a stroke or a transient ischemic attack (mini-stroke), you have a 25-40 percent chance of having another stroke in the next five years.
Having one or more of these risk factors does not mean you will automatically have a stroke. But because your stroke risk is higher, ask your doctor about changes you can make to prevent a stroke.
For more information about our services or a free physician referral, call the Broward Health Line at 954-759-7400.