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Dipyridamole Oral tablet

What is this medicine?

DIPYRIDAMOLE (dye peer ID a mole) is used in patients who have had heart valve replacements. It prevents blood clots and reduces the risk of complications.

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 the following conditions:

  • an unusual or allergic reaction to dipyridamole, tartrazine dye, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives

  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant

  • breast-feeding

How should I use this medicine?

Take this medicine by mouth with a full glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Take your doses at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed. Do not stop taking except on the advice of your doctor or health care professional.

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?

  • adenosine

  • medicines for myasthenia gravis like neostigmine and pyridostigmine

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?

Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular checks on your progress. Check your heart rate and blood pressure regularly while you are taking this medicine. Ask your doctor or health care professional what your heart rate and blood pressure should be, and when you should contact him or her.

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.

You may get drowsy or dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs mental alertness until you know how this medicine affects you. Do not stand or sit up quickly, especially if you are an older patient. This reduces the risk of dizzy or fainting spells. Alcohol may interfere with the effect of this medicine. Avoid alcoholic drinks.

Ask your doctor or health care professional before you take non-prescription pain relievers. Avoid aspirin and aspirin-containing products.

If you are going to have surgery, tell your doctor or health care professional that you are taking this medicine.

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

  • chest pain, tightness

  • fast, slow, or irregular heartbeat

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • diarrhea

  • flushing

  • headache

  • skin rash

  • stomach ache or cramps

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). Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.


Dipyridamole Solution for injection

What is this medicine?

DIPYRIDAMOLE (dye peer ID a mole) helps to diagnose possible blockage to the blood vessels that supply your heart. It shows how well blood is flowing to your heart. This can help your doctor or health care professional decide the best treatment.

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 the following conditions:

  • angina

  • asthma

  • low blood pressure

  • an unusual or allergic reaction to dipyridamole, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives

  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant

  • breast-feeding

How should I use this medicine?

This medicine is for infusion into a vein. It is part of a diagnostic procedure carried out by a health-care professional in a hospital or clinic setting.

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?

This does not apply.

What may interact with this medicine?

  • adenosine

  • medicines for myasthenia gravis like neostigmine and pyridostigmine

  • theophylline

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?

Your condition will be closely monitored while you receive this medicine.

You may get drowsy or dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs mental alertness until you know how this medicine affects you. Do not stand or sit up quickly, especially if you are an older patient. This reduces the risk of dizzy or fainting spells. Alcohol may interfere with the effect of this medicine. Avoid alcoholic drinks.

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

  • chest pain, tightness

  • fast, slow, or irregular heartbeat

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • diarrhea

  • flushing

  • headache

  • skin rash

  • stomach ache or cramps

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?

This drug is given in a hospital or clinic and will not be stored at home.


More than five million Americans have heart valve disease, and many do not have any symptoms. Even with no outward signs of problems, valve disease can cause heart damage. Left untreated, it can lead to heart failure and other complications, including death.

The Broward Health Heart Valve Center, located at Broward Health Medical Center, streamlines the diagnostic and treatment process for patients and referring physicians. The Center is led by national experts in diagnostic cardiac imaging, interventional cardiology, and cardiac surgery.

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Treatment Options

Using a multi-disciplinary approach, the Valve Center provides several treatment options for patients with complex disease of the cardiac valves.

  • Complete medical evaluation by heart valve specialists
  • State-of-the-art diagnostics
  • Valve disease education
  • Personalized care plan, including ongoing follow-up and adjustments
  • Timely updates to your primary care physician
  • If necessary, valve surgery at the Heart Center of Excellence
    • Minimally Invasive Valve Surgery
    • Traditional surgery
    • Hybrid procedure (minimally invasive valve surgery with simultaneous percutaneous intervention)
    • Balloon valvuloplasty
    • Emerging Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) technology
      • Surgery is performed in our state-of-the-art Hybrid Operating Room and offers patients enhanced cardiac and vascular care. We have the ability to replace the aortic valve through a catheter without the need for cardiopulmonary bypass. Patients usually enjoy immediate benefit from the procedure in terms of improved blood circulation. The replacement valve is placed using minimally invasive techniques, patients usually experience a much more rapid recovery than they would from a traditional open heart valve replacement.

New treatments are now available through the Clinic for patients with complex valve disease previously thought to be untreatable:

  • Complex valve disease including:
    • Aortic stenosis
    • Mitral stenosis
    • Mitral regurgitation
    • Pulmonary stenosis
  • For patients with co-morbidities and patients who have had multiple procedures and are not good surgical candidates.

Who should be referred to the Valve Clinic?

Our multidisciplinary approach is specifically designed to address the needs of patients with advanced valvular heart disease, including those who may not be candidates for surgery due to complex, co-morbid conditions.

At the Heart Valve Center, coordinators are available to patients or referring physicians, to make sure all questions are answered.

The Center's approach to patient care is flexible and guided by referring physicians. Typically, necessary testing will be performed by the primary care or cardiologist prior to the evaluation; however, testing can be provided here on the same day as the physician consultations.

  • Patients referred to the Center will be initially assessed by one of our cardiologists and/or cardiovascular surgeons.
  • All prior diagnostic studies will be requested and reviewed.
  • When needed, additional diagnostic imaging (such as echocardiography, stress imaging, cardiac MRI, or carotid ultrasound) will be performed.

Referral Process

To make a referral or schedule an appointment, contact the Heart Valve Center coordinator at
954-761-BEAT
. She will answer all questions and schedule one appointment with all the necessary physician specialists, eliminating the need for the patient to make multiple appointments with multiple physicians. This coordination ensures smooth, efficient patient care.

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