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What Is Clopidogrel Bisulfate Tabs Used For

what is clopidogrel bisulfate tabs used for

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.

How it works

Clopidogrel belongs to a class of drugs called platelet inhibitors or thienopyridine class inhibitors of P2Y12 ADP platelet receptors. A class of drugs is a group of medications that work in a similar way. These drugs are often used to treat similar conditions.

Platelets are blood cells that help your blood clot normally. Clopidogrel helps prevent platelets from sticking together. This stops them from forming blood clots.

What is the dosage for clopidogrel?

Clopidogrel bisulfate usually is taken once daily. It can be taken with or without food. Clopidogrel is activated by enzymes in the liver to its active form. Individuals who have reduced activity of liver enzymes that activate clopidogrel due to liver disease may not adequately respond to clopidogrel. Alternative treatments should be used for these patients. The recommended dose for treating unstable angina or heart attack is 300 mg initially followed by 75 mg daily in combination with 75-325 mg of aspirin. Peripheral arterial disease or recent stroke is treated with 75 mg daily.

Is clopidogrel safe to take if I'm pregnant or breastfeeding?

There are no adequate studies of clopidogrel in pregnant women.

Studies in rats have shown that clopidogrel appears in breast milk; however, it is not known whether it also appears in human breast milk. Because of a potential for side effects in the nursing infant, the physician must weigh the potential benefits and possible risks before prescribing clopidogrel to nursing mothers.

Serious side effects

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

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