The Dipyridamole is used to mimic the effect of ‘ physical activity required before performing imaging analysis (designed to visualize the coronary arteries of the heart) used to assess coronary heart disease in people who can not practice it.
How does Dipyridamol work?
Dipyridamole is a coronary vasodilator drug : it works by increasing blood flow to the heart, mimicking the effect of physical activity.
How is Dipyridamole taken?
Dipyridamole is administered by the physician before imaging tests .
Side effects of Dipyridamole
Possible adverse effects of dipyridamole include:
- dizziness ;
- headaches ;
- nausea .
It is important to contact a doctor immediately in case of:
- urticaria ;
- itching ;
- breathing difficulties;
- feeling of tightness in the chest;
- swelling of the mouth, face, lips and tongue;
- chest pains;
- confusional state;
- rapid, slowed or irregular heart beat
- weakness in one side of the body;
- difficulty speaking.
Contraindications and warnings on the use of Dipyridamole
Dipyridamole can cause dizziness which can interfere with the ability to drive or operate dangerous machinery and which can be aggravated by alcohol.
Before taking it, it is good to avoid consuming foods or drinks containing caffeine .
It is also important to inform the doctor:
- of any allergies to the active substance , its excipients or any other drug or food;
- medicines, officinal drugs and supplements taken, in particular theophylline, adenosine and anticholinesterases;
- if you suffer (or have suffered) from asthma , angina, heart problems or abnormal, fast, slowed or irregular heart beat;
- in case of severe muscle weakness;
- if you are pregnant or breastfeeding .
Finally, Dipyridamole should not be taken by children .