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This medicine is used to prevent atherothrombotic events (sudden plaque formation leading to blood clot) in patients suffering from heart attack occurring within a few days to less than 35 days, ischemic stroke (blood clot that blocks a blood vessel in the brain) occurring within 7 days to less than 6 months, and peripheral artery disease (disease of arteries supplying the extremities).

It is also used in combination with aspirin to treat non-ST segment elevation acute coronary syndrome- heart disorder (unstable angina or a type of heart attack).

The patients administered with this medicine may experience bleeding, gastrointestinal disturbances, skin reactions, nervous system disturbances, liver-associated disorders, white blood cell disorders, and Stevens-jhonson Syndrome (allergic reaction).

The patients with severe hepatic (liver) impairment, active bleeding due to damage to internal organs, and severe heart impairment or disorders should avoid use of this medicine.

Please do not start using this medicine immediately a few days after a heart attack.

  1. How long can you take clopidogrel for?

The administration time for this medicine is variable, depending on each patient and his/her condition. Usually, this medicine is taken for 12 months maximally. Please consult your doctor before use.

 

  1. What time of day should you take clopidogrel?

Clopidogrel can be taken at any time of the day. However, it is advised that you take it at the same time every day. You can take it either before or after a meal. Taking it at the same time every day will help you remember taking it.

 

  1. What foods should I avoid when taking clopidogrel?

It is best to avoid consumption of grapefruit and its juice during use of this medicine.

 

  1. Does clopidogrel affect blood pressure?

Clopidogrel is a platelet-activator and may improve endothelial function. It usually helps lower blood pressure.

 

  1. How long does clopidogrel take to work?

Clopidogrel usually starts working within 2 hours. However, the time may vary.

  • Please inform your doctor or dentist about use of this medicine before any surgery or medical procedure.
  • Please immediately contact your doctor in-case of any serious side effects.
  • Please avoid use of NSAIDS (Non-Steroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs) during use of this medicine.
Prevention of Stroke

This medicine is used to treat mild to moderate pain, and prevent secondary thrombotic cerebrovascular (formation of a clot or other blockage in one of the blood vessels of the brain) or cardiovascular disease (damage to blood vessels supplying the heart) following surgery.

It is also used in the treatment of COVID-19.

The patients administered with this medicine may experience bronchospasm (airway construction), gastrointestinal disturbances, allergic reactions, hemorrhages (loss of blood from damaged vessels), tinnitus (ringing in the ears), vertigo (spinning of the head), and increased bleeding.

The patients with active or history of peptic ulcers (intestinal inflammation), hemophilia (bleeding disorder) and other bleeding disorders, severe renal (kidney) or hepatic (liver) impairment, and children under 16 years (unless prescribed by your doctor) should avoid use of this medicine.

  1. What medicines or foods should I avoid while taking Aspirin?

Please avoid alcohol as it can increase the risk of stomach bleeding. Also, avoid use of ibuprofen, Advil, and Motrin.

 

  1. Does aspirin affect sleep?

Aspirin may disrupt your sleeping, increasing the number of times you wake up. However, it may not affect your sleeping pattern at all.

 

  1. Can I use this medicine for treating my heart problem?

Aspirin can be used to treat some heart disorders. However, it may increase the risk of bleeding as it is a blood-thinner. Therefore, consulting your doctor before using Aspirin is imperative.

 

  1. Can I use Ibuprofen and Aspirin together?

It is recommended not to use Ibuprofen and Aspirin together. Ibuprofen may interfere with the beneficial actions of Aspirin for the heart. Therefore, unless prescribed by your doctor, do not use Ibuprofen and Aspirin together.

 

  1. Does Aspirin help reduce anxiety?

Aspirin may help lessen anxiety, depression, and stress-related disorders. However, in severe cases, it is best to seek professional help.

 

  1. Can I take aspirin for pain relief?

You may take aspirin as an everyday pain-killer for conditions such as headaches, toothaches, and period pains.

 

 

  1. How much aspirin can I take?

The usual dose to prevent heart attack or stroke is 75 milligrams once a day. However, it may be higher, depending on your condition and its severity. Please consult your doctor for further guidance.

 

  1. Does aspirin thin blood immediately?

Aspirin does not thin the blood immediately. However, continuous and prolonged use may lead to blood-thinning. It can help prevent heart attack and stroke.

This medicine should be taken with food.
  • Take this medicine with meals or large volume of water or milk, preferably.

  • In case of any serious side effects, immediately contact your doctor.

  • Do not use aspirin if it has a strong vinegar-like odor.

  • Please drink plenty of water to prevent dehydration.

  • Do not use aspirin if you have tartrazine allergy.

  • Please avoid alcohol and high amounts of Vitamin C.
Pain, Fever and Inflammation
A myocardial episode is a result of developing clots in your arteries. Clopidogrel works by an antiplatelet mechanism, which means that it stops the platelets from sticking together, thereby decreasing the possibility of forming a clot. Therefore, after one myocardial episode, you should be using clopidogrel to decrease the chances of another one.
Yes it does. Clopidogrel not only increases the risk of miscarriages but also may result in various birth defects and detrimental fetal outcomes. Therefore, it is not indicated in pregnancy.
The correlation between clopidogrel and breastfeeding is still debatable, however it is best to avoid it. Use only if the benefits outweigh the risk.
Since clopidogrel greatly increases bleeding tendencies, you must inform your dentist prior to treatment.
Clopidogrel dosage needs to be strictly monitored by the physician if you suffer from kidney diseases. Consult your physician before starting the medication.
Upon taking the drug if you develop a rash on different areas of your skin, you must consult your physician immediately. Clopidogrel allergy might also manifest itself as pinpoint purple or red spots, which might be itchy at times. Advanced allergic response can present as chest tightness and nosebleeds. Consult your doctor immediately if any of these signs are visible.
It is best to avoid aspirin in pregnancy until the medical condition specifies so (for example to prevent early labor and preventing preeclampsia, low doses of aspirin are frequently delivered). High doses of aspirin should be strictly contraindicated in first and third trimesters, as it can result in pregnancy loss and congenital defects.
Aspirin is a Non-Steroidal Anti Inflammatory Drug (NSAID). It has antiplatelet properties, thereby stops the platelets from sticking together and preventing the formation of a clot.
Low dose aspirin therapy may be given in hypertensive patients only if the blood pressure is strictly controlled.
Asthmatic patients can develop a reaction to aspirin if they are sensitive to it. It can cause an excess production of leukotrienes, which can result in bronchospasm. It is therefore best to avoid.
Because it contains acetyl salicylic acid, aspirin may be beneficial in treating topical skin infections, however not much research has been done to prove this.
Using an aspirin for a hangover headache should not be the primary choice. Since alcohol damages stomach lining, aspirin use can further aggravate the chances of stomach bleeding.
If you frequently suffer from a burning stomach ache and heartburn, there is a chance that you have developed a stomach ulcer, in which case aspirin should strictly be contraindicated.
Consult your dentist before continuing aspirin after an extraction.
This medication is contraindicated in pregnant females. 
This medicine is not recommended for lactating females.
Please avoid driving when taking this medicine as it may affect your ability to drive.
Please avoid consuming alcohol when taking this medicine.
The patients with renal (kidney) or hepatic (liver) impairment, history of surgery, risk of bleeding and blood disorders, and risk of acquired hemophilia (bleeding disorder) should avoid the use of this medicine. Please discontinue this medicine is unusual bleeding occurs.
Please use this medicine for pregnant females only when no safer alternative is available.  
The effects of this medicine are undetermined in lactatin females; therefore, please consult your doctor before use.
Please avoid driving when taking this medicine as it may affect your ability to drive.
Please avoid consuming alcohol when taking this medicine.
The patients with aspirin or anti-inflammatory agent-induced allergies, history of bronchospasm (constriction of airways), asthma, uncontrolled hypertension (high blood pressure), mild to moderate renal (kidney) or hepatic (liver) impairment, dehydration, and elderly should use this medicine cautiously. Please do not use this medicine for treating gout (joint disorder) and avoid prolonged use.

Disclaimer

Dawaai's intention is to make sure that it's consumers get information that is accurate, reviewed by an expert and error-free. However, the information mentioned here should not be used as a replacement for the advice of a qualified physician. The information given here is for informational purposes only, which may not cover all possible precautions, side effects, contraindications or drug interactions. Consult your doctor and discuss your queries related to any medicine or disease.

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