How to Take Abciximab and Dose of Abciximab


Find out how to take Abciximab (drug) and its dose. Describes the best time to take the drug and precautions if any that should be followed.

How to take Abciximab


How it should be taken  

Injected into the vein by a healthcare provider.

Dosage & When it is to be taken

Before procedures on the heart like angioplasty. It is given in a dose of 0.25mg/kg into the vein 10-60 minutes before the procedure, followed by an infusion of 0.125 g/kg/min up to a maximum of 10 g/min for 12 hours .
Treatment of heart attack, stroke due to a blood clot

When it is not to be taken (Contraindications) 

Active bleeding
Recent bleeding due to surgery, bleeding from the digestive tract or from other sites, stroke due to a bleed
Increased risk for bleeding due to bleeding/clotting disorders, very high blood pressure, brain tumor, etc.
Allergic reaction

Why it is prescribed (Indications)  

This medication prevent blood clotting by interfering with clumping of platelets.  

Pregnancy Category

Category C : Animal reproduction studies have shown an adverse effect on the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use of the drug in pregnant women despite potential risks.

Warnings and Precautions  

Platelet counts, bleeding and clotting times should be monitored before and during treatment
May cause excess bleeding when administered with other drug with bleeding as side effects. e.g. aspirin, warfarin, t-PA (tissue plasminogen activator) which is used to break clots

Storage Conditions  

Store at 2 to 8C. Discard any unused portion left in the vial.
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