Indication

Effient taken with aspirin helps reduce the risk of a future heart-related event, such as a heart attack or blood clot in a stent, in patients who had an acute coronary syndrome (ACS) event that was treated with angioplasty. Effient is available in 5-mg and 10-mg tablets.

For Caregivers and Family

You can make a difference—from the start

Your loved one is now the owner of a new stent. The stent addressed an immediate problem. But the road to recovery is not over. Everyone has an important part to play in your loved one's recovery: the doctor, the medication that was prescribed, your loved one—and, just as important, you.

You can help your loved one understand the importance of taking the medications prescribed by his or her doctor and making lifestyle changes. You can also help him or her understand why they were prescribed.

When you help your loved one understand why the doctor prescribed certain medicine, you are making a real difference in your loved one's health.

Helpful habits you can encourage

In addition to medication, the doctor may also have recommended some healthy habits for your loved one—like participating in regular physical activity and eating healthily. Why not make these lifestyle changes together?

Be a source of encouragement

A big part of supporting someone is sharing your positive attitude. Sometimes people feel “nagged” by those trying to help. Try to provide encouragement without adding too much pressure. It's natural for people to have trouble changing habits. It can help to let them know that you realize this.

Over time, you'll find the right balance that's good for both of you.

Take time to talk about feelings

In addition to physical challenges, your loved one may also have lots of conflicted emotions about his or her acute coronary syndrome (ACS) event and stent procedure. Reassure your loved one that these feelings are normal. Talking about them might make it easier to cope, so take time to listen. And encourage him or her to speak to family members, fellow heart patients, doctors or a professional counselor, if necessary.

Take part in doctor appointments

Going to the doctor with your loved one can be helpful. Here are tips to make each appointment more productive:

  • Ask your doctor's office for appointment times that allow plenty of time for discussion
  • Learn more about why a stent procedure was necessary
  • In addition to asking the doctor, ask the nurses questions too
  • Be assertive to get the answers you need
  • Ask the doctor about the benefits and risks of Effient® (prasugrel), including possible side effects, such as the risk of bleeding
  • Prepare questions in advance. The Doctor Discussion Guide can help you

Indication

Effient taken with aspirin helps reduce the risk of a future heart-related event, such as a heart attack or blood clot in a stent, in patients who had an acute coronary syndrome (ACS) event that was treated with angioplasty. Effient is available in 5-mg and 10-mg tablets.

Important Safety Information

What is the most important information I should know about Effient?

Effient® (prasugrel) can cause bleeding. If you have unexplained or excessive bleeding while on Effient, contact your doctor right away as some bleeding can be serious, and sometimes fatal. Do not take Effient if you currently have abnormal bleeding, such as stomach or intestinal bleeding, bleeding in your head, or have a history of stroke, or “mini-stroke” (also known as transient ischemic attack or TIA), or if you are allergic to prasugrel or any of the ingredients in Effient.

Get medical help right away if you suddenly have slurring of speech, weakness or numbness in one part of your body, blurry vision, and/or severe headache. These may be symptoms of a stroke or TIA. If you have a stroke or TIA while taking Effient, your doctor will probably stop your Effient.

Before having any surgery, you should talk to your doctor about stopping Effient. If possible, Effient should be stopped at least 1 week (7 days) before any surgery, as instructed by the doctor who prescribed Effient for you.

You may also have a higher risk of bleeding if you take Effient and you: a) are age 75 or older, b) weigh less than 132 pounds, c) are taking anticoagulants (eg, warfarin) or regular daily use of NSAIDs, d) have had recent trauma, such as an accident or surgery, e) have severe liver problems, f) have moderate to severe kidney problems, or g) have a stomach ulcer.

Call your doctor right away if you have any of these signs or symptoms of bleeding: unexpected bleeding or bleeding that lasts a long time, bleeding that is severe or you cannot control, pink or brown urine, red or black stool, bruises that happen without a known cause or get larger, cough up blood or blood clots or vomit blood or your vomit looks like coffee grounds.

Do not stop taking Effient without talking to the doctor who prescribes it for you. People who are treated with angioplasty and have a stent, and stop taking Effient too soon, have a higher risk of a blood clot in the stent, having a heart attack, or dying.

What should I tell my doctor before taking Effient?

Tell your doctor about all of your medical conditions, allergies, and medicines you are taking.

What are the possible side effects of Effient?

Bleeding is the most common side effect of Effient.

TTP, a rare but life-threatening condition, has been reported with Effient, sometimes after a short time (less than 2 weeks). Get medical attention right away if you develop the following unexpected symptoms of TTP: fever, weakness, yellowing of the skin or eyes, or if skin becomes very pale or dotted with purple spots.

Serious allergic reactions can happen with Effient, or if you have had a serious allergic reaction to the medicines Plavix® (clopidogrel) or ticlopidine. Get medical help right away if you get any of these symptoms of a severe allergic reaction: swelling or hives of your face, lips, in or around your mouth, or throat, trouble breathing or swallowing, chest pain or pressure, dizziness or fainting.

Other side effects may occur.

Effient is available by prescription only. For more information, talk to your healthcare provider or pharmacist.

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

For more information about Effient, please see the Full Prescribing Information, including Boxed Warning regarding bleeding risk, and Medication Guide.

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Important Safety Information

What is the most important information I should know about Effient?

Effient® (prasugrel) can cause bleeding. If you have unexplained or excessive bleeding while on Effient, contact your doctor right away as some bleeding can be serious, and sometimes fatal. Do not take Effient if you currently have abnormal bleeding, such as stomach or intestinal bleeding, bleeding in your head, or have a history of stroke, or “mini-stroke” (also known as transient ischemic attack or TIA), or if you are allergic to prasugrel or any of the ingredients in Effient.

Get medical help right away if you suddenly have slurring of speech, weakness or numbness in one part of your body, blurry vision, and/or severe headache. These may be symptoms of a stroke or TIA. If you have a stroke or TIA while taking Effient, your doctor will probably stop your Effient.

Before having any surgery, you should talk to your doctor about stopping Effient. If possible, Effient should be stopped at least 1 week (7 days) before any surgery, as instructed by the doctor who prescribed Effient for you.

You may also have a higher risk of bleeding if you take Effient and you: a) are age 75 or older, b) weigh less than 132 pounds, c) are taking anticoagulants (eg, warfarin) or regular daily use of NSAIDs, d) have had recent trauma, such as an accident or surgery, e) have severe liver problems, f) have moderate to severe kidney problems, or g) have a stomach ulcer.

Call your doctor right away if you have any of these signs or symptoms of bleeding: unexpected bleeding or bleeding that lasts a long time, bleeding that is severe or you cannot control, pink or brown urine, red or black stool, bruises that happen without a known cause or get larger, cough up blood or blood clots or vomit blood or your vomit looks like coffee grounds.

Do not stop taking Effient without talking to the doctor who prescribes it for you. People who are treated with angioplasty and have a stent, and stop taking Effient too soon, have a higher risk of a blood clot in the stent, having a heart attack, or dying.

What should I tell my doctor before taking Effient?

Tell your doctor about all of your medical conditions, allergies, and medicines you are taking.

What are the possible side effects of Effient?

Bleeding is the most common side effect of Effient.

TTP, a rare but life-threatening condition, has been reported with Effient, sometimes after a short time (less than 2 weeks). Get medical attention right away if you develop the following unexpected symptoms of TTP: fever, weakness, yellowing of the skin or eyes, or if skin becomes very pale or dotted with purple spots.

Serious allergic reactions can happen with Effient, or if you have had a serious allergic reaction to the medicines Plavix® (clopidogrel) or ticlopidine. Get medical help right away if you get any of these symptoms of a severe allergic reaction: swelling or hives of your face, lips, in or around your mouth, or throat, trouble breathing or swallowing, chest pain or pressure, dizziness or fainting.

Other side effects may occur.

Effient is available by prescription only. For more information, talk to your healthcare provider or pharmacist.

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

For more information about Effient, please see the Full Prescribing Information, including Boxed Warning regarding bleeding risk, and Medication Guide.