Glycoprotein IIb/IIIa Inhibitors for Heart Attack and Unstable Angina
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How It Works
These medicines prevent the formation of blood clots. They can help prevent blood clots in the coronary arteries after a heart attack.
Why It Is Used
Glycoprotein IIb/IIIa inhibitors might be used with angioplasty after a heart attack. But they are not used for everyone.
How Well It Works
Glycoprotein IIb/IIIa inhibitors may help certain people who have angioplasty after a heart attack, such as people who are at high risk for serious blood clots. 1
Glycoprotein IIb/IIIa inhibitors are given in the hospital. So a person is watched closely for any side effects.
Bleeding inside the body is the most common side effect.
See Drug Reference for a full list of side effects. (Drug Reference is not available in all systems.)
What To Think About
Glycoprotein IIb/IIIa inhibitors are only used in the hospital.
- O’Gara PT, et al. (2013). 2013 ACCF/AHA guideline for the management of ST-elevation myocardial infarction: Executive summary. A Report of the American College of Cardiology Foundation/American Heart Association Task Force on Practice Guidelines. Circulation, 127(4): e362–e425.
Last Revised: April 29, 2013
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review: Rakesh K. Pai, MD, FACC – Cardiology, Electrophysiology & Stephen Fort, MD, MRCP, FRCPC – Interventional Cardiology