Brand Names : Agrylin
Before Using This Medicine
In deciding to use a medicine,
the risks of taking the medicine must be weighed against the good it will
do. This is a decision you and your doctor will make. For anagrelide, the
following should be considered:
Allergies - Tell your doctor if you have ever had any unusual or
allergic reaction to anagrelide. Also tell your health care professional if
you are allergic to any other substances, such as foods, preservatives, or
Pregnancy - Anagrelide has not been studied in pregnant women.
This medicine has been found to cause toxic or harmful effects in animals,
but was not found to cause birth defects.
It is best to use some kind of birth control while you are taking anagrelide.
Tell your doctor right away if you think you have become pregnant while taking
Breast-feeding - It is not known whether anagrelide passes into
breast milk. Although most medicines pass into breast milk in small amounts,
many of them may be used safely while breast-feeding. Mothers who are taking
this medicine and who wish to breast-feed should discuss this with their doctor.
Children - Studies on this medicine have been done only on adult
patients, and there is no specific information comparing use of anagrelide
in children with use in other age groups.
Adolescents - Studies on this medicine have been done only on
adult patients, and there is no specific information comparing use of anagrelide
in teenagers with use in other age groups.
Other medical problems - The presence of other medical problems may affect
the use of anagrelide. Make sure you tell your doctor if you have any other
medical problems, especially:
Heart disease (known or suspected) - Anagrelide can cause unwanted
effects on the heart
Kidney disease - Anagrelide rarely causes unwanted effects on
Liver disease - Blood levels of anagrelide may be increased,
possibly increasing the chance of side effects. Also, this medicine sometimes
causes unwanted effects on the liver