Glycoprotein IIb/IIIa Inhibitors for Heart Attack and Unstable Angina
How It Works
These medicines prevent the formation of blood clots. They can help prevent blood clots in the coronary arteries after a heart attack.
Why It Is Used
Glycoprotein IIb/IIIa inhibitors might be used with angioplasty after a heart attack. But they are not used for everyone.
How Well It Works
Glycoprotein IIb/IIIa inhibitors may help certain people who have angioplasty after a heart attack, such as people who are at high risk for serious blood clots.1
Glycoprotein IIb/IIIa inhibitors are given in the hospital. So a person is watched closely for any side effects.
Bleeding inside the body is the most common side effect.
See Drug Reference for a full list of side effects. (Drug Reference is not available in all systems.)
What To Think About
Glycoprotein IIb/IIIa inhibitors are only used in the hospital.
Complete the new medication information form (PDF)(What is a PDF document?) to help you understand this medication.
O'Gara PT, et al. (2013). 2013 ACCF/AHA guideline for the management of ST-elevation myocardial infarction: Executive summary. A report of the American College of Cardiology Foundation/American Heart Association Task Force on Practice Guidelines. Circulation, 127(4): e362-e425.
Primary Medical ReviewerRakesh K. Pai, MD, FACC - Cardiology, Electrophysiology
Specialist Medical ReviewerStephen Fort, MD, MRCP, FRCPC - Interventional Cardiology
Current as ofMarch 12, 2014