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What Is Clopidogrel Used For

What Is Clopidogrel Used For

Used

Clopidogrel is used to prevent heart attacks and strokes in persons with heart disease (recent heart attack), recent stroke, or blood circulation disease (peripheral vascular disease).It is also used with aspirin to treat new/worsening chest pain (new heart attack, unstable angina) and to keep blood vessels open and prevent blood clots after certain procedures (such as cardiac stent).It works by blocking certain blood cells called platelets and prevents them from forming harmful blood clots. This "anti-platelet" effect helps keep blood flowing smoothly in your body.

HOW TO USE:

Read the Medication Guide provided by your pharmacist before you start taking clopidogrel and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.Take this medication by mouth with or without food as directed by your doctor, usually once daily. Use this medication regularly in order to get the most benefit from it. Remember to use it at the same time each day.Dosage and duration of treatment are based on your medical condition and response to treatment.

How it works

Plavix works by keeping platelets apart and stopping them sticking together and forming clots. It helps reduce the risk of a future stroke or heart attack in this way.

The drug achieves this effect as it is a platelet inhibitor. It reduces the number of platelets in the blood. This limits the ability of the blood to clot.

Plavix is used to prevent blood clots in patients who have recently had a heart attack or stroke and those with cerebrovascular disease.

Precautions

Before taking clopidogrel, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to similar antiplatelet drugs (thienopyridines such as prasugrel); or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.

To lower the chance of getting cut, bruised, or injured, use caution with sharp objects like razors and nail cutters, and avoid activities such as contact sports.

Side effects

Plavix has some unintended adverse effects that warrant a degree of caution when taking the drug.

  • Taking Plavix can commonly lead to bleeding and itchy skin.
  • More serious adverse effects can also occur, including:
  • unexplained or persistent bleeding
  • blood in the urine that changes the color pink, brown, or red
  • red or tar-black stools
  • unexplained, growing bruises
  • coughing up or vomiting blood

Interactions

Other medications can affect the removal of clopidogrel from your body, which may affect how clopidogrel works. Examples include certain acid reducers (proton pump inhibitors/PPIs such as omeprazole, esomeprazole), fluvoxamine, fluoxetine, cimetidine, fluconazole, ketoconazole, voriconazole, etravirine, felbamate, and ticlopidine, among others. Promptly ask your doctor or pharmacist for more details.

Clopidogrel can slow down the removal of other drugs from your body, which may affect how they work. Examples of affected drugs include dasabuvir, repaglinide, among others.

Warnings

Consultation with doctor Always consult with a doctor before taking Plavix.

Plavix comes with important warnings.

Some people have genetic factors that keep their liver from converting Plavix to its active form. Doctors may recommend a genetic test before prescribing the drug. In 2010, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) added a boxed warning about this.

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