Clopidogrel is used alone or with aspirin to prevent serious or life-threatening problems with the heart and blood vessels in people who have had a stroke, heart attack, or severe chest pain. This includes people who have a percutaneous coronary intervention that may involve inserting coronary stents or who have coronary artery bypass grafting. Clopidogrel is also used to prevent serious or life-threatening problems with the heart and blood vessels in people who have a peripheral arterial disease.
Take clopidogrel by mouth with food as directed by the doctor.
Swallow the tablet whole with water.
Do not crush, chew, or split the tablet.
Take clopidogrel regularly to get the most benefit from it.
To help remember, take clopidogrel at the same time.
Quantity is based on your medical condition and response to treatment.
Do not increase your quantity or take this product more often than directed.
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 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).
Consult your doctor before using clopidogrel during pregnancy for a better analysis.
Consult your doctor before using clopidogrel during lactation for a better analysis.
Its use has shown a risk of drowsiness; therefore avoid using it while driving.
Consult your doctor before using clopidogrel for a better analysis if you have liver disease.
Consult your doctor before using clopidogrel for a better analysis if you have kidney disease.
The use of alcohol should be limited or avoided while using clopidogrel.
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.
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.
I recently had a myocardial episode. Why do I need a clopidogrel therapy?
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.
Does this medication increase a risk of having a miscarriage?
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.
If I breastfeed my child can I still use this medication ?
The correlation between clopidogrel and breastfeeding is still debatable, however it is best to avoid it. Use only if the benefits outweigh the risk.
I have to get my tooth extracted but I am taking this medication. What should I do?
Since clopidogrel greatly increases bleeding tendencies, you must inform your dentist prior to treatment.
What precautions should I take before starting this medication therapy if I suffer from a kidney disease?
Clopidogrel dosage needs to be strictly monitored by the physician if you suffer from kidney diseases. Consult your physician before starting the medication.
How do I know if I am allergic to this 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.
Is aspirin safe in pregnancy and lactation?
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.
How does aspirin work?
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.
Can I take aspirin if I suffer from hypertension?
Low dose aspirin therapy may be given in hypertensive patients only if the blood pressure is strictly controlled.
Is aspirin safe for asthmatic patients?
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.
Can aspirin be used topically for acne or other skin diseases?
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.
Does aspirin work for a hangover headache?
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.
Should I take an aspirin if I frequently suffer from stomach ache and heartburn?
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.
Can I take aspirin after a dental extraction?
Consult your dentist before continuing aspirin after an extraction.
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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