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What Is Clopidogrel

What Is Clopidogrel

What Is Clopidogrel ?

Clopidogrel oral tablet is a prescription drug that’s available as the brand-name drug Plavix. It’s also available as a generic drug. Generic drugs usually cost less than the brand-name version. In some cases, they may not be available in all strengths or forms as the brand-name drug.

Clopidogrel only comes in the form of a tablet you take by mouth.

Why it’s used

Clopidogrel is used to prevent blood clots if you have chest pain, peripheral arterial disease (poor circulation in your legs), a heart attack, or stroke.

This drug may be used as part of a combination therapy. That means you may need to take it with other drugs. Your doctor will decide if you should use this drug with other drugs, such as aspirin.

side effects

Call your doctor right away if you have serious side effects. Call 911 if your symptoms feel life-threatening or if you think you’re having a medical emergency. Serious side effects and their symptoms can include the following:

  • Serious, life-threatening bleeding. Symptoms can include:
  • unexplained bleeding or bleeding that lasts a long time
  • blood in your urine (pink, red, or brown-colored urine)
  • red or black stools that look like tar
  • unexplained bruises or bruises that get larger
  • coughing up blood or blood clots
  • vomiting blood or vomit that looks like coffee grounds

How to take clopidogrel

This dosage information is for clopidogrel oral tablet. All possible dosages and forms may not be included here. Your dose, form, and how often you take it will depend on:

  • your age
  • the condition being treated
  • the severity of your condition
  • other medical conditions you have
  • how you react to the first dose

drug

In most cases, repaglinide should not be taken with clopidogrel. Taking these drugs together increases the amount of repaglinide in your body, which can result in low blood sugar levels. If you must take these drugs together, your doctor will carefully manage your dosage of repaglinide.

Stomach acid drugs (proton pump inhibitors)

You shouldn’t take clopidogrel with drugs used to treat stomach acid. They can make clopidogrel less effective. Examples of these drugs include:

  • omeprazole
  • esomeprazole

Overdose

If someone has overdosed and has serious symptoms such as passing out or trouble breathing, call 911. Otherwise, call a poison control center right away. US residents can call their local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222. Canada residents can call a provincial poison control center.

Laboratory and/or medical tests (such as complete blood count) may be performed periodically to monitor your progress or check for side effects. Consult your doctor for more details.

Missed Dose

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember. If it is near the time of the next dose, skip themissed dose. Take your next dose at the regular time. Do not double the dose to catch up.

Storage

Store at room temperature away from light and moisture. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep all medications away from children and pets.

Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. Properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist or local waste disposal company.Information last revised November 2016. Copyright(c) 2016 First Databank, Inc.

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