What is abciximab used for?
Abciximab is commonly used during a heart treatment to protect the arteries.
It is used to lower the number of heart attacks in patients who have unstable angina or mild heart attacks.
How should I take abciximab?
Use abciximab as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.
It is given as an infusion into a vein over a period of time.
How do I store abciximab?
Abciximab is best stored at room temperature away from direct light and moisture. To prevent drug damage, you should not store abciximab in the bathroom or the freezer. There may be different brands of abciximab that may have different storage needs. It is important to always check the product package for instructions on storage, or ask your pharmacist. For safety, you should keep all medicines away from children and pets.
You should not flush abciximab down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. It is important to properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist for more details about how to safely discard your product.
Precautions & warnings
What should I know before using abciximab?
Before using this drug, tell your doctor if:
- You are pregnant or breastfeeding. This is because, while you are expecting or feeding a baby, you should only take medicines on the recommendation of a doctor.
- You are taking any other medicines. This includes any medicines you are taking which are available to buy without a prescription, such as herbal and complementary medicines.
- You have allergy with any of active or inactive ingredients of abciximab or other medications.
- You have any other illnesses, disorders, or medical conditions.
- You are allergic to mouse proteins, talk with the doctor.
- You are allergic to any drugs like this one, any other drugs, foods, or other substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had, like rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
- You have any of these health problems: Aneurysm, arteriovenous malformations, bleeding problems, blood vessel problems, brain tumor, low platelet count, or high blood pressure.
- You have ever had a stroke.
- You have had any of these health problems within the past 6 weeks: Blood in the urine, stomach or bowel bleeding, surgery or injury, or vaginal bleeding.
- You are taking a blood thinner.
You may bleed more easily. Be careful and avoid injury. Use a soft toothbrush and an electric razor.
If you fall or hurt yourself, or if you hit your head, call your doctor right away. Talk with your doctor even if you feel fine.
Have blood work checked as you have been told by the doctor. Talk with the doctor.
Very bad and sometimes deadly bleeding problems have happened with abciximab. Talk with the doctor.
Very bad and sometimes deadly allergic reactions have rarely happened. Talk with your doctor.
Is it safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding?
There are no adequate studies in women for determining risk when using abciximab during pregnancy or while breastfeeding. Please always consult with your doctor to weigh the potential benefits and risks before taking abciximab. Abciximab is pregnancy risk category C, according to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
FDA pregnancy risk category reference below:
- A=No risk
- B=No risk in some studies
- C=There may be some risk
- D=Positive evidence of risk
What side effects can occur from abciximab?
Side effects may occur when using this drug, such as:
- Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat
- Signs of bleeding like throwing up blood or throw up that looks like coffee grounds; coughing up blood; blood in the urine; black, red, or tarry stools; bleeding from the gums; vaginal bleeding that is not normal; bruises without a reason or that get bigger; or any bleeding that is very bad or that you cannot stop
- Very bad dizziness or passing out
- Chest pain or pressure
- Slow heartbeat
- Feeling very tired or weak
Not everyone experiences these side effects. There may be some side effects not listed above. If you have any concerns about a side-effect, please consult your doctor or pharmacist.
What drugs may interact with abciximab?
Abciximab may interact with other drugs that you are currently taking, which can change how your drug works or increase your risk for serious side effects. To avoid any potential drug interactions, you should keep a list of all the drugs you are using (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. For your safety, do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any drugs without your doctor’s approval.
Does food or alcohol interact with abciximab?
Abciximab may interact with food or alcohol by altering the way the drug works or increase the risk for serious side effects. Please discuss with your doctor or pharmacist any potential food or alcohol interactions before using this drug.
What health conditions may interact with abciximab?
Abciximab may interact with your health condition. This interaction may worsen your health condition or alter the way the drug works. It is important to always let your doctor and pharmacist know all the health conditions you currently have.
The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. You should ALWAYS consult with your doctor or pharmacist before using abciximab.
What is the dose of abciximab for an adult?
Consult your doctor for more information.
What is the dose of abciximab for a child?
The dosage has not been established in pediatric patients. It may be unsafe for your child. It is always important to fully understand the safety of the drug before using. Please consult with your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
How is abciximab available?
Abciximab is available in the following dosage forms and strengths:
What should I do in case of an emergency or overdose?
In case of an emergency or an overdose, call your local emergency services or go to your nearest emergency room.
What should I do if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose of abciximab, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your regular dose as scheduled. Do not take a double dose.
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Review Date: September 11, 2017 | Last Modified: September 11, 2017