Have you been wondering if the drug aspirin, cardiprin and glyprin are all the same with just some different names sold in the clinic? You might be right at some extent in this case. Cardiprin and glyprin contain the similar active ingredient which is acetylsalicylic acid and glycine. Glycine is added into the ingredients as it is said to improve the common side effects of aspirin alone which is peptic ulcer or gastritis if it is used for a long period of duration.
As for aspirin, it only contains one active ingredient which is the acetylsalicylic acid without any glycine. Glyprin is an oral tablet which means it is only meant to be swallowed with water. Glyprin is nowadays commonly used in many prevention of life threatening conditions which will be discussed in detail in this article. Continue reading this article to know more about the uses of glyprin.
- Prevention of heart attacks
Heart attack or also known as myocardial infarction in medical terms is a number one life threatening disease among men in the world. It is usually associated with other medical comorbidities such as hypertension, diabetes, and high cholesterol levels in the blood. These risk factors will eventually lead to trauma to coronary blood vessels supplying the heart leading to formation of thrombus, which is a platelet clot. This will then eventually cut off the blood supply to the heart causing heart attack symptoms. Read here about how to keep your heart healthy.
Glyprin basically prevents the formation of a chemical substance in the blood called thromboxane which is responsible for platelet aggregation and formation of clot. Thus this will prevent recurrent heart attacks from occurring. Most patients with a previous history of ischemic heart disease will be prescribed with aspirin for life long as a prophylaxis.
- Stroke and transient ischemic attack.
Patients who are presented with stroke after a few hours or days are usually those which cannot be treated with thrombolytic therapy, instead they are given antiplatelet like aspirin or glyprin as a medical therapy. Usually these patients are also discharged with lifelong antiplatelet therapy as a prophylaxis treatment for stroke. As has been explained earlier, the mechanism of ischemic stroke is almost similar to the one in heart attack.
Blood clot in cerebral arteries leads to cutting of blood supply to the brain causing ischemic stroke. Transient ischemic attack is a less severe form of stroke which the signs and symptoms will only last for less than 24 hours. Risk factors for both diseases are similar which are smoking, hypertension, diabetes and high cholesterol levels in blood. Therefore, glyprin is commonly used in clinical practice to prevent this clot formation.
- Peripheral vascular disease
Aspirin and glyprin are commonly the two most common drugs used to treat non critical limb ischemia that does not require urgent surgical treatment. Limb ischemia could be manifested as acute and chronic limb ischemia. Acute limb ischemia is commonly presented with severe signs and symptoms such as pallor, reduced pulse, and cold to touch while on the other hand, chronic limb ischemia can be either critical or non critical limb ischemia. Non critical limb ischemia is usually presented as vascular claudication pain when you walk for a long distance.
Common side effects of glyprin
Just like any other drug, glyprin also has some side effects however not everyone consuming it will experience these side effects. Some of them are reduced in platelet count, anemia, nausea with vomiting, confusion and rashes. Generally, these side effects do not require any medical intervention and go off on their own. If any of these symptoms becomes worse, please immediately get consultation from your doctor.