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Table of Contents > Drugs >  Anagrelide
Anagrelide
Pronunciation
Brand Names
Therapeutic Categories
Reasons not to take this medicine
What is this medicine used for?
How does it work?
How is it best taken?
What do I do if I miss a dose?
What are the precautions when taking this medicine?
What are the common side effects of this medicine?
What should I monitor?
Reasons to call healthcare provider immediately
How should I store this medicine?
General statements

Pronunciation
(an AG gre lide)

Brand Names
Agrylin™

Therapeutic Categories
Platelet Aggregation Inhibitor

Reasons not to take this medicine

  • If you have an allergy to anagrelide or any other part of the medicine.


What is this medicine used for?

  • This medicine is used to lower a part of the blood called platelets. Your platelet count in your blood was very high.


How does it work?

  • Anagrelide lowers your platelet count. We do not know exactly how it does this. It may decrease the amount produced by the bone.


How is it best taken?

  • Take on an empty stomach. Take 1 hour before or 2 hours after meals.


What do I do if I miss a dose?

  • Take a missed dose as soon as possible.
  • If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed one. Return to your regular schedule.
  • Do not take a double dose or extra doses.


What are the precautions when taking this medicine?

  • Use caution if you have heart disease. Talk with healthcare provider.
  • Tell healthcare provider if you are allergic to any medicine.
  • Make sure to tell about the allergy and how it affected you. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, throat; or any other symptoms involved.
  • Do not use in pregnancy and do not get pregnant. Use birth control that you can trust while taking this medicine.
  • Do not use if you are breast-feeding.


What are the common side effects of this medicine?

  • Headache. Mild pain medicine may help.
  • Dizziness and weakness. Avoid driving, doing other tasks or activities that require you to be alert until you see how this medicine affects you.
  • Diarrhea.
  • Rapid heartbeats called palpitations.
  • Swelling of hands and feet.
  • Belly pain.


What should I monitor?

  • Check blood work (platelet count). Talk with healthcare provider.
  • Follow up with healthcare provider.


Reasons to call healthcare provider immediately

  • Signs of a life-threatening reaction. These include wheezing; tightness in the chest; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; fits; swelling of face, lips, tongue, throat.
  • Severe headache.
  • Passing out, fainting, dizziness, or lightheadedness.
  • Severe diarrhea.
  • Any signs of bleeding.
  • Any rash.


How should I store this medicine?

  • Store in tight, light-resistant container at room temperature.


General statements

  • Do not share your medicine with others and do not take anyone else's medicine.
  • Keep all medicine out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Keep a list of all your medicines (prescription, herbal/supplements, vitamins, over-the-counter) with you. Give this list to healthcare provider (doctor, nurse, pharmacist, physician assistant).
  • Talk with healthcare provider before starting any new medicine, including over-the-counter or natural products (herbs, vitamins).


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