dipyridamole (generic name)

Persantine (brand name)

It shows how well blood is flowing to your heart
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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.

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.

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

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

Where should I keep my medicine?

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

Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.

Last Updated: April 09, 2009
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