Glycoprotein 2b/3a Inhibitors

Your Care Explained > Medications : Glycoprotein 2b/3a Inhibitors

Glycoprotein 2b/3a inhibitors prevent blood clots from forming. They are used to prevent complications during episodes of chest pain or a heart attack, or during a procedure to treat a coronary artery blockage.

How Glycoprotein 2b/3a Inhibitors Work

These medications block receptors on the surface of platelets to keep them from clumping together to form blood clots. They are so effective that they are only administered intravenously under medical supervision to prevent hemorrhage.

Special Considerations

If you are preparing for angioplasty or coronary artery bypass surgery, be sure to give your physicians a list of the other medications you are taking, because certain substances, from anti-inflammatory drugs to ginkgo and alcohol, may interact with glycoprotein 2b/3a inhibitors.

Date Last Modified: January 21, 2011

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