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Are There Side Effects of Antiplatelets?

Antiplatelets may have side effects. Nausea, upset stomach, stomach pain, diarrhea, rash, and itching are the most common side effects. To reduce nausea and stomach upset, take these medications with meals. Contact your doctor if these side effects are severe or do not go away.

People taking antiplatelet medication are advised to contact their doctor immediately if they experience any of the following:

  • Any signs of unusual bleeding, such as blood in the urine or stool, nosebleeds, any unusual bruising, heavy bleeding from cuts, black tarry stools, coughing up of blood, unusually heavy menstrual bleeding or unexpected vaginal bleeding, vomit that looks like coffee grounds.
  • Dizziness
  • Severe headache
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Difficulty breathing or wheezing
  • Tightness in chest, chest pain
  • Fever, chills, sore throat
  • Swelling of face or hands
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Severe stomach pain

Side effects of antiplatelets can be worse in people with asthma and allergies.

Can Pregnant Women Take Antiplatelets?

If you are pregnant or are trying to become pregnant, inform your doctor before taking antiplatelets.

Taking antiplatelets during the last two weeks of pregnancy may cause bleeding problems in the baby or mother both before and after delivery.

Can I Breastfeed My Baby While Taking Antiplatelets?

Antiplatelets can be passed to the infant through breast milk. However, their effect on nursing infants is unknown. You should discuss the benefits and risks with your doctor and your baby's doctor.

 

 

WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by James Beckerman, MD, FACC on February 15, 2012
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