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What does it do?

Dipyridamole is used to prevent clots forming in your blood. It reduces your risk of having a stroke.

How should you take it?

Take dipyridamole regularly as directed with a glass of water.
Swallow the slow release tablets whole.

What if you forget a dose?

Take the missed dose as soon as possible. If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and carry on as normal. Do not take two doses at the same time.

Can you take other medicines?

Some medicines available without a prescription may react with dipyridamole including:

  • antacids (e.g. Mylanta®)
  • ranitidine (e.g. Zantac®)
  • omeprazole (e.g. Losec®)

Tell your pharmacist or doctor about all medicines or treatments that you may be taking, including vitamins, herbal products (e.g. ginkgo) or recreational drugs.

What side effects might you notice?

Side EffectsRecommended action

Dizziness

Change in heartbeat, chest pain

Tell your doctor

Headache

Stomach upset

Muscle aches and pains

Flushing

Tell your doctor if troublesome

If you notice any other effects, discuss them with your doctor or pharmacist.

Other information:

  • Tell your doctor if you have heart problems (such as angina) or liver problems, or a chronic muscle condition (e.g. myasthenia gravis).
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or breastfeeding.
  • It is important to tell anyone who gives you medical or dental treatment that you are taking dipyridamole.
  • Do not take indigestion remedies within 2 hours of dipyridamole.

This leaflet contains important, but not all, information about this medicine.

Prepared by the PILs Committee at Christchurch Hospital, Canterbury District Health Board, New Zealand. March 2018

For more general information about this sheet and its contents, see: What does a My Medicines sheet cover?

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About My Medicines

My Medicines Patient Information Leaflets (PILs) contain important, but not all, information about the medicines they describe.

For more information about the sheets, see: What does a My Medicines sheet cover?

My Medicines is developed by a team at the Canterbury District Health Board. Our team is made up of doctors, pharmacists, and a non-medical person to help us keep to plain language. We also discuss our information with specialist health professionals or groups when needed