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Generic Aggrenox for Stroke Prevention In Pharmacies Now

by The GoodRx Pharmacist on August 11, 2015 at 10:49 am

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), strokes are a leading cause of death in the United States. Strokes are responsible for 1 in every 20 deaths or approximately 130,000 Americans every year.

Aggrenox is used to help prevent stroke if you’ve had a previous “mini-stroke” or an actual ischemic stroke—and the generic, aspirin/extended-release dipyridamole, was just approved by the FDA on July 1, 2015! A new lower cost for a life-saving drug? This is good news.

What is a mini-stroke or ischemic stroke?

Ischemic stroke is the most common type. An ischemic stroke happens when blood flow to the brain is blocked, often caused by a blood clot.

A “mini-stroke,” also known as a transient ischemic attack (TIA), happens when blood flow to the brain is only blocked for a short amount of time, usually no more than 5 minutes. Mini-strokes are warning signs of a future stroke; they’re considered a medical emergency and should be taken very seriously.

It is important to know the signs that may be associated with a stroke so that you or someone you know can get help as soon as possible:

  • Sudden numbness or weakness in the face, arm, or leg especially on 1 side of the body
  • Sudden confusion, trouble speaking, or difficulty understanding speech
  • Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
  • Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
  • Sudden severe headache with no known cause

If you have had a stroke, your doctor may prescribe one or several medications like Aggrenox to help lower your risk of a having another.

How is generic aspirin/extended-release dipyridamole taken?

Like Aggrenox, aspirin/extended-release dipyridamole is available as a 25 mg/200 mg capsule. The capsules are dispensed in bottles of 60, to help make sure you get the right monthly dose.

What are the side effects of Aggrenox (aspirin/extended-release dipyridamole)?

The most common side effects are headache, upset stomach, and diarrhea.

When will aspirin/extended-release dipyridamole be available?

You can find generic Aggrenox in pharmacies now! Ask your pharmacist about substituting for the generic. If you have insurance, be sure to check with your plan to see how your copay may change. If you’re paying cash, take a look at generic Aggrenox prices on GoodRx here.

What if I want to keep taking brand-name Aggrenox?

If you or your doctor would like for you to continue on Aggrenox, the manufacuturer Boehringer Ingelheim offers a program called Door to Door that can help you save.

The Door to Door program allows you to have brand-name Aggrenox delivered to you for as little as $10 per month.

For more information about the Door to Door program, check it out the website here.

How do the generic and brand differ in cost?

As a new generic, aspirin/extended-release dypyridamole is still fairly expensive, but still offers over $300 in savings at some pharmacies.

Prices for a 30-day supply of generic aspirin/extended-release dipyridamole*
Pharmacy Cash Price GoodRx Price
Walgreens $405 $164
Walmart $360 $296
CVS $360 $299
Target $385 $319

Prices for a 30-day supply of brand-name Aggrenox*
Pharmacy Cash Price GoodRx Price
Walgreens $522 $475
Walmart $488 $442
CVS $514 $440
Target $457 $441

*Prices as of September 4, 2015.

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