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Doctors' Answers to "Frequently Asked Questions" - Ticlid
Answer: There is no obvious interaction problem. Ticlid should not be taken with aspirin since it does what aspirin does plus.
Ticlid and Angioplasty Surgery [posted 7/17/98]
Answer: Usually one is on Ticlid post coronary procedure (angioplasty or stent) for about four weeks. This is to allow the body time to grow a layer of epithelia (like internal skin) over the damaged area. However, Ticlid can and is given long term to patients at high risk of stroke/embolus due to its better abilities than aspirin in affecting platelet aggregation/activation. The nausea and feeling weak are unusual in angioplasty and probably due to the drug.
Answer: Ticlid is a drug used to thin blood or prevent strokes or clotting. It does this by inhibiting platelet aggregation and inhibiting platelet release of granules which produce the clotting process. Side effects are a decrease in white cell count, elevated liver enzymes, diarrhea, nausea and rash. There are other minor effects. This drug needs to have regular checks of white cell counts as well as liver functions. It should not be used in patients with liver disease, preexisting low white cell counts or patients with problems with ulcers.