AGGRENOX Reduces Stroke Risk
You'll be glad to know that AGGRENOX helps reduce the risk of stroke in patients who had a TIA or stroke due to a blood clot. But you may be wondering—how does it work?
Blood clots: The cause of most strokes
In most cases, a stroke occurs when a blood clot blocks a blood vessel and cuts off the blood supply, along with oxygen and nutrients it carries, to a part of the brain. Blood clots form when certain blood cells, called platelets, clump together. This type of stroke is known as an ischemic stroke.
When this happens, blood cannot get through to a section of the brain, so that part of the brain's oxygen supply is cut off. Within minutes, those brain cells die and abilities controlled by those cells are lost. A TIA is a brief episode of stroke-like symptoms, with no lasting brain cell damage.
This is why your doctor may have prescribed AGGRENOX—to reduce the likelihood that you will have a blood clot that can cause a stroke.
AGGRENOX works by combining 2 medications
AGGRENOX combines 2 medications—aspirin and extended-release dipyridamole. Both medications are known as antiplatelet agents.
Platelets are cells in your blood that stick together to help your blood clot. Antiplatelet agents work together to make platelets in the blood less sticky. That means they're less likely to clump together and form blood clots–the cause of 87% of strokes.
Together, the 2 antiplatelet agents in AGGRENOX work better than either medication alone at reducing the risk of a future stroke. In fact, in a clinical study:
- Over 90% of patients taking AGGRENOX remained stroke-free for 2 years (1493 patients out of a total of 1650).
- Patients taking AGGRENOX twice daily were 22% less likely to have a stroke than patients taking low-dose aspirin (25 mg twice daily) alone.
- AGGRENOX was twice as effective as low-dose aspirin (25 mg twice daily) at reducing the risk of a subsequent stroke when tested against a sugar pill.
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