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Talk to
Your Doctor

Talk to
Your Doctor

The Doctor Discussion
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Play an active role during visits to your doctor, especially as a new stent owner. This approach can help the doctor make the best choices about your care, and help you understand the important part Effient® (prasugrel) plays in your recovery. Effient taken with aspirin can help maintain your stent by keeping the platelets in your blood from sticking together and forming blood clots inside of it, and inside the arteries of your heart.

Effient helps reduce the risk of a future heart-related event, such as a heart attack or blood clot in your stent, in patients who have had a heart attack or severe heart-related chest pain that was treated with angioplasty. Because Effient reduces the ability of your blood to clot, it can also cause bleeding, which in some cases can be serious, and sometimes lead to death. Bleeding is not the only side effect of Effient.

The following are some tips on working closely with your doctor.

Plan for your visit.

It is essential that you walk away from your visit understanding your treatment moving forward, what lifestyle changes you can make, and the role that Effient is playing in your therapy. If you have any questions, be sure you write them down before your appointment so you don’t forget to ask.

Some areas you may wish to discuss with your doctor:
  • How Effient is different from the other medicines you have been prescribed
  • How Effient helps protect you from having another heart-related event
  • Why it is important to maintain your stent by keeping platelets from sticking together and forming blood clots

Be a good listener.

Each time your doctor addresses one of your concerns or makes a recommendation, repeat the information back to him or her. This technique, known as active listening, helps you better absorb the information and lets the doctor know whether he or she has been clear. You may also want to bring a family member or friend. They can help listen, ask questions, take notes or simply offer love and support.

Don't downplay your symptoms.

Be honest with your doctor and discuss if you are having a negative reaction or experiencing pain. If you say something like "everything's fine" or "it's nothing," you run the risk of not getting the best care and advice your doctor can offer. So let the doctor know how you're really feeling and don't downplay something that could be important.