Where is Abciximab used?
Abciximab is a prescription medicine used to decrease the chance of heart attack in people who need PCI or percutaneous coronary intervention. PCI is a process to open the blocked arteries of the heart. A heart attack might occur when a blood vessel in the heart is blocked by a blood clot. In the course of PCI, blood clots could occasionally form.
Abciximab belongs to the group of medicines called antithrombotics that can also use in patients who have unstable angina or severe chest pain with heart disease. This medication prevents blood clots and inhibits the aggregation of blood-clotting cells or called platelets in the blood. This medication has already been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
How does Abciximab work?
Abciximab prevents the formulation of blood clots in the heart. It may occur during procedures to open blocked arteries in the heart. It is also known as ischaemic cardiac complications. Example of it is balloon angioplasty, stent placement, and atherectomy. This medicine works by stopping platelets in the blood from penetrating each other. Once platelets stick to each other, they can form blood clots. Wherein, it may cause a heart attack or may cause the open blood vessel in the heart to close back up.
How is Abciximab taken?
The dosage of Abciximab will depend on your medical condition, your response to the medicine, age, and weight.
- For patients with unsteady angina, the recommended dosage is 0.25mg for every kg of the body weight. It is followed by an infusion of 10mcg/min starting 18-24hrs before the scheduled intervention. It is finishing an hour after the completion of the intervention.
- For patients undergoing PCI, the recommended dosage is 0.25mg for every kg of the body weight. It is followed by a 0.125mcg/kg/min nonstop intravenous infusion.
Abciximab is a solution that is injected directly into the vein (intravenous injection). Your doctor will give you first other medications like aspirin or heparin before giving you this medication. Before using the product, check it visually for any possible particles or discoloration present. Do not shake the medication. Also, if you have uncontrolled chest pain and your procedure is not able to be done right away. This treatment may be started up until 24 hours before your procedure and continued until an hour after the procedure is done.
What are the precautions in taking Abciximab?
- Do not share this with others who have the same symptoms as yours.
- Before having a dose of this medication, inform your doctor if you ever had an allergic reaction to this. Tell also if you have any allergies.
- This drug must not be used if you have certain medical conditions. For this reason, you need to tell your doctor if you have current bleeding, a history of stroke, very high uncontrolled blood pressure, or blood vessel problem in the brain.
- Do not use this if the original seal is missing or broken.
- Keep this prescription far from the reach of children.
- Store at a clean place to avoid infections.