Prasugrel is indicated to reduce the rate of thrombotic cardiovascular (CV) events (including stent thrombosis) in patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS) who are to be managed with percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) as follows:
- Patients with unstable angina (UA) or non-ST-elevation myocardial infarction (NSTEMI).
- Patients with ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) when managed with primary or delayed PCI.
Dosage & Administration
Prasugrel should be initiated with a single 60 mg loading dose and then continued at 10 mg once a day. Patients taking Prasugrel should also take aspirin (75 mg to 325 mg) daily. Prasugrel may be administered with or without food.
In patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS) who are managed with PCI, premature discontinuation of any antiplatelet agent, including Prasugrel, could result in an increased risk of thrombosis, myocardial infarction or death due to the patient’s underlying disease. A treatment of up to 12 months is recommended, unless the discontinuation of Prasugrel is clinically indicated.
In case of patients weighing ≤ 60 kg or patient’s ≥ 75 years old, Prasugrel should be given as a single 60 mg loading dose and then continued at a 5 mg once-daily dose.
Pregnancy & Lactation
Pregnancy Category B. There are no adequate and well-controlled studies of Prasugrel use in pregnant women. Prasugrel should be used during pregnancy only if the potential benefit to the mother justifies the potential risk to the fetus.
It is not known whether Prasugrel is excreted in human milk. Because many drugs are excreted in human milk, prasugrel should be used during nursing only if the potential benefit to the mother justifies the potential risk to the nursing infant.