Brand Names: Agrylin
Generic Name: anagrelide
- What is anagrelide (Agrylin)?
- What are the possible side effects of anagrelide (Agrylin)?
- What is the most important information I should know about anagrelide (Agrylin)?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking anagrelide (Agrylin)?
- How should I take anagrelide (Agrylin)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (Agrylin)?
- What happens if I overdose (Agrylin)?
- What should I avoid while taking anagrelide (Agrylin)?
- What other drugs will affect anagrelide (Agrylin)?
- Where can I get more information (Agrylin)?
What is anagrelide (Agrylin)?
Anagrelide is used to treat a blood cell disorder called thrombocythemia (also called thrombocytosis), which occurs when your body produces too many platelet cells.
Anagrelide may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
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What are the possible side effects of anagrelide (Agrylin)?
Call your doctor at once if you have:
- easy bruising or bleeding (nosebleeds, bleeding gums);
- signs of stomach bleeding--bloody or tarry stools, coughing up blood or vomit that looks like coffee grounds;
- chest pain or pressure;
- fast or pounding heartbeats, fluttering in your chest, and sudden dizziness (like you might pass out);
- shortness of breath;
- swelling in your lower legs; or
- blue colored lips or skin.
Common side effects may include:
- fast heartbeats, chest pain, breathing problems;
- numbness, tingling, burning pain;
- headache, weakness, dizziness;
- stomach pain, gas, indigestion, loss of appetite;
- nausea, vomiting, diarrhea;
- swelling in your hands or feet;
- fever, cough;
- back pain; or
- rash, itching.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
What is the most important information I should know about anagrelide (Agrylin)?
Follow all directions on your medicine label and package. Tell each of your healthcare providers about all your medical conditions, allergies, and all medicines you use.
What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking anagrelide (Agrylin)?
You should not use anagrelide if you are allergic to it.
Tell your doctor if you have ever had:
- bleeding problems;
- long QT syndrome (in you or a family member);
- heart problems;
- liver disease; or
- an electrolyte imbalance (such as low levels of potassium in your blood).
It is not known whether this medicine will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.
You should not breast-feed while using anagrelide.
Anagrelide is not approved for use by anyone younger than 7 years old.
How should I take anagrelide (Agrylin)?
Follow all directions on your prescription label and read all medication guides or instruction sheets. Your doctor may occasionally change your dose. Use the medicine exactly as directed.
You may need frequent blood tests. Your heart, liver, and kidney function may also need to be checked.
If you need surgery, tell the surgeon ahead of time that you are using anagrelide.
You should not stop using anagrelide suddenly. Stopping suddenly may make your condition worse.
Store at room temperature away from moisture, heat, and light.
What happens if I miss a dose (Agrylin)?
Take the medicine as soon as you can, but skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next dose. Do not take two doses at one time.
What happens if I overdose (Agrylin)?
Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.
What should I avoid while taking anagrelide (Agrylin)?
Do not take aspirin unless your doctor has told you to. Follow your doctor's instructions about how much aspirin to take, and how often to take it.
Ask a doctor or pharmacist before using any medicines for pain, fever, swelling, or cold/flu symptoms. They may contain aspirin (sometimes abbreviated as ASA), which can increase your risk of bleeding.
What other drugs will affect anagrelide (Agrylin)?
Sometimes it is not safe to use certain medications at the same time. Some drugs can affect your blood levels of other drugs you take, which may increase side effects or make the medications less effective.
Anagrelide can cause a serious heart problem. Your risk may be higher if you also use certain other medicines for infections, asthma, heart problems, high blood pressure, depression, mental illness, cancer, malaria, or HIV.
Tell your doctor about all your other medicines, especially:
- a blood thinner--warfarin, Coumadin, Jantoven; or
- NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs)--aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), naproxen (Aleve), celecoxib, diclofenac, indomethacin, meloxicam, and others.
This list is not complete. Other drugs may affect anagrelide, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Not all possible drug interactions are listed here.
Where can I get more information (Agrylin)?
Your pharmacist can provide more information about anagrelide.
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