Abciximab Solution for injection

What is this medicine?

ABCIXIMAB (ab SIX i mab) prevents blood clots during episodes of chest pain or a heart attack. It may be used during heart surgery.

 

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 problems or blood disorders

  • brain tumor or aneurysm

  • high blood pressure

  • previous stroke

  • recent injury or surgery

  • took a drug to prevent blood clots like warfarin in the past week

  • vasculitis

  • an unusual or allergic reaction to abciximab, mouse or human proteins, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives

  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant

  • breast-feeding

How should I use this medicine?

The medicine is for injection or infusion 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.

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?

  • aspirin and aspirin-like drugs

  • clopidogrel

  • dipyridamole

  • herbal products containing feverfew, garlic, ginger, ginkgo, or horse chestnut

  • medicines that break up blood clots like alteplase, reteplase, streptokinase, and urokinase

  • medicines that treat or prevent blood clots like warfarin, enoxaparin, dalteparin, tinzaparin, argatroban, bivalirudin, and lepirudin

  • NSAIDs, medicines for pain and inflammation, like ibuprofen or naproxen

  • ticlopidine

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 monitored carefully while you are receiving 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

  • breathing problems

  • chest pain

  • unusual bleeding or bruising

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

  • back pain

  • dizziness

  • headache

  • nausea

  • stomach pain

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.


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