Antiplatelet medicines


Antiplatelet medicines are a type of anti-clotting medicine. Antiplatelet medicines reduce the 'stickiness' of blood cells called platelets. This makes it harder for platelets to clump together and form blood clots.

Antiplatelet medicines include:

  • Aspirin (e.g. Astrix, Cartia)
  • Dipyridamole (Asasantin, Persantin)
  • Clopidogrel (Iscover, Plavix)
  • Prasugrel (Effient)
  • Ticagrelor (Brilinta).

Platelet-based clots are more common in people with high cholesterol or heart disease. These clots tend to occur because of atherosclerosis, a condition where the arteries narrow and harden due to an internal build up of fatty deposits. People with heart disease have an increased risk of conditions like stroke and heart attack. Do you know your individual heart and stroke risk?

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