What Are The Uses Of Tirofiban?
Tirofiban is used to treat angina, certain type of heart attacks caused by blood clots. Tirofiban act by inhibiting aggregation of platelets thus prevents blood clotting.
Tirofiban is used before certain surgeries to open up the blood vessels in the heart like balloon angioplasty, coronary stent placement, bypass surgery and other heart surgeries.
Moreover, Tirofiban is used with nitrates and beta blockers drugs to prevent heart attack.
What Are The Side Effects Of Tirofiban?
Mild bleeding is the most common side effect of Tirofiban. However, severe bleeding needs medical attention immediately. Severe bleeding may occur in following forms.
- Bleeding gums
- Bleeding in the eye
- Blood in the urine
- Black or tarry stools
- Coughing up blood
- Vomiting blood
Other mild side effects of Tirofiban include:
- Dizziness, headache, leg pain
- Nausea, pelvic pain, sweating
- Allergic reactions (hives, rash, tightness in the chest, difficulty in breathing)
What Are The Contraindications Of Tirofiban?
Tirofiban is highly contraindicated haemophilia (lack of blood clotting ability in body).
Tirofiban should be prescribed carefully to the people who have:
- Hypersensitivity of Tirofiban
- History of thrombocytopenia (low level of platelets) with Tirofiban
- Internal bleeding (within last 30 days)
- Major surgical procedure or severe physical trauma within the previous month
- Medical conditions like heart valve deformity, severe high blood pressure
- Acute pericarditis(inflammation of the sac surrounding the heart, the pericardium)