Average Rating: 3.1 (22 Ratings)

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 5  3 stents U cannot eat grapefruit or peppers esp hot peppers or spices of peppers or it causes bleeding from the rectum. Bruising occasionally but no big deal. If bump appears apply Lanacane, takes the bump right out w/in a day or 2. Was forced switched to Generic Prasugrel & almost died, profuse bleeding headaches & severe abdominal pains. Took 10mg 1 a day with Bayer baby aspirin & did well 6.5y until Ins forced on Generic Prasugrel. If can't switch back I guess I'll quit taking any. No choice, who can afford $495 a month for Effient WITH Ins! $1495 a month without! F 60 6 years
10 mg 1X D
 4  3 stents Few bruises Otherwise so far so good Since i dont have benefits They shoud lower the cost. Great med anyway M 53 4 years
10 mg
 1  2 Stints- my father He died of a massive brain hemorrhage at age 62. Told doctor about worries and dosage not changed. M 62 3 months
 1  Stents Brain bleed M 70 4 months
1X D
 3  3 stints Bruising on kegs and pain in the back of my knees as if the vesseks were tightening, fatigued F 64 3 months
 1  Had stent placed Internal bleeding and having blood transfusion. My blood count would get as low as 6.5 I had to leave my job because every three months I would get at least 3 pints of blood. F 68 1 days
 5  Placement of 2 stents in March 2014 Occasional light headedness; easy bruising all over; increased cough. Thankful for the positive experience with very few side effects; at least the side effects were not debilitating. F 52 18 months
10 MG 1X D
 1  Post stent placement After having a stent placed in January 2015 the cardiologist placed me on Effient! By September 14 I was diagnosed with colon cancer. My research shows this is a highly suspect cause for colon cancer. I do not recommend anyone take this drug! I was the epitome of a compliant patient but that is the only thing that changed in my daily routine since January! M 57 9 months
 3  3 heart attacks 13 stents I bruise easily. My Bruises get lumps in them that stay for awhile after the bruising goes away. A little concerned. M 65 9 months
10 Mg 1X D
 4  Heart Attack, 2 stents Significant bruising to my thighs, knees and legs. F 46 12 days
10mg 1X D
 3  stroke Sob/bruising M 73 1 years
 1  Stent Severe nausea nearly 100% of the time. Light headed. brain fog, dissiness. I am expected to take this drug for a year but it has been completely disabling. I am unable to function due to the severity of the side effects. Even worse, the severity has not decreased at all since starting to take this drug, if anything the intensity of the side effects has become worse. M 57 15 days
10 MG 1X D
 4  After 2 stents, to prevent clotting Some bruising, occasional nosebleeds difficult to stop Dr. started me on Plavix, and tested clotting time a few weeks later. Said I was one of a significant percentage for whom Plavix did not work well. Given the choice of doubling Plavix or changing to Effient. Saw the short list of problems with Effient and changing was a no-brainer. Should have been on it in the first place since Effient works better with diabetics. After about 3 months I changed from 10 mg to 5 mg, and clotting test was still good. The bruising got to where it was very minor. I think testing to find a lower effective dose just makes sense with most drugs. I just went off Effient a few days ago after 19 or 20 months, with the doctor's blessing. He said don't bother to taper off so I just stopped. No problems, at least so far. M 71 19 months
5 mg 1X D
 5  Plavix was not effective Significant bruising, even more than Plavix I credit Effient with saving my life. After a heart attack resulting in 2 stents, and 2 additional stents placed in the next 15 months, I read about Effient in the WSJ. My Cardiologist agreed that we needed to give Effient a shot. F 52 2.5 years
10 mg 1X D
 5  4 stents, atherosclerosis Some large bruising when I first went onto Effient, but over time that effect has greatly reduced. Apparently my body didn't assimilate Plavix properly following my two 2008 stents, so I ended up with a total blockage of a really main heart artery (a full MI) and so literally left Earth for a few minutes in April 2011. (BTW, that's an incredibly experience -- one both awesome and totally reaffirming that what we've taken to be true really IS.) Two more stents and a change to Effient seems to have done the trick so far. Energy returned, lung capacity normal, good results. F 64 14 months
10 mg 1X D
 5  Have 14 stents Bruising but it goes away faster than with Plavix. M 64 1 years
10 mg
 4  4 Stents placed Major bruising on hands and arms - slight bump will cause large dark bruise that takes about 2 weeks to go away. Some areas of my arms seem to be stained from the bruising and it leaves some redish brown coloring that will not go away. Very hard to stop minor bleeding as well. M 71 1.5 years
10 MG 1X D
 2  post stent insertions (2) Thrombocytopenia This drug put me in the hospital for 1 solid week then weekly blood test until my platelet count got above 50. M 51 1 weeks
1X D
 4  After Stent Insertion None, except for the bruises which are mainly on my thighs. I am satisfied to the degree that I donot know how effective this drug is. While I have not had any problems, I wasn't having any problems so to speak before my H A. The only indication that I have according to the Dr. is the bruise marks tell me that the drug is working. F 68 10 months
10 mg 1X D
 1  post stent insertion HORRIBLE, HORRIBLE depression and muscle weakness. Have pre existing fibromyalgia and Effient has made it much worse. Plavix did the same thing. F 67 6 weeks
5mg 1X D

EFFIENT  (PRASUGREL HYDROCHLORIDE):  Prasugrel is used with aspirin by patients with heart disease (recent heart attack, unstable angina) who undergo a certain heart procedure (angioplasty). This medication helps to prevent other serious heart/blood vessel problems (such as heart attacks, strokes, blood clots in stents). It works by blocking platelets from sticking together and prevents them from forming harmful blood clots. This "anti-platelet" effect helps to keep blood flowing smoothly in your body.   (Sources: U.S. Centers for Medicare Services, FDA)