A New Rx to Prevent Heart Attack and Stroke

Yosprala (aspirin and omeprazole) approved for heart attack, stroke prevention

(RxWiki News) The US Food and Drug Administration has approved a new treatment option for the prevention of stroke and heart attack.

That treatment option is Yosprala. This medication, from Aralez Pharmaceuticals, is a combination of aspirin and omeprazole. It's for those who need aspirin to prevent a second heart attack or stroke and who are at risk of developing ulcers in the stomach from taking aspirin. 

Yosprala is available as a tablet and is to be taken once a day at least 60 minutes before a meal. Do not split, chew, cut or dissolve the tablet. Make sure to swallow the tablets whole. 

Common side effects of Yosprala include nausea, diarrhea, heartburn and stomach pain. Also, chest pain behind the breastbone during eating may occur. 

This medication is not to be taken by those who are allergic to aspirin, omeprazole or any of the other ingredients in this medication. If you have a history of asthma or allergic-type reactions after taking aspirin or other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, then Yosprala is not recommended.

This medication is also not recommended for those taking medications that contain rilpivirine.   

Speak to your doctor or pharmacist about the best way to prevent stroke or heart attack.