Clopidogrel

Generic Name: Clopidogrel (kloe-PID-oh-grel)

Brand Name: Plavix

General Info

Clopidogrel is a popular medicine which is used to keep the platelets in the blood from clotting to stop blood clots which occurs in certain heart conditions. This medicine is mainly used to stop blood clots after a recent heart attack. It also helps to stop blood clots in people who are suffering from certain disorders of the blood vessels.

Clopidogrel reduces the risk of heart attack in patients. Those who have had a heart attack or those who have some certain heart disease can get the best result from Clopidogrel. Often heart disease can create circulatory problems. It narrows and hardens the arteries. As a result circulatory problem occurs. Clopidogrel may be used for other medical conditions. Your doctor may prescribe Clopidogrel for some other medical conditions. This medicine is mainly a platelet aggregation inhibitor which slows platelets from sticking to blood vessel walls or injured tissues. This is how the medicine works.

Pharmacology

As a thienopyridine derivative Clopidogrel is chemically related to ticlopidine. Ticlopidine slows down platelet aggregation. It modifies the platelet ADP receptor.

Absorption of Clopidogrel

Clopidogrel is absorbed very quickly. It starts working within one hour. The absorption of Clopidogrel is at least 50% which is based on urinary excretion of this medicine related metabolites.

If you miss a dose

As soon as you remember take the dose. if it is almost time for your next dose then just skip the dose and go back to your normal schedule. Do not overdose or take more than one dose at a time. Try to maintain a time schedule for taking Clopidogrel.

If you overdose

Do not overdose Clopidogrel. Overdose can bring some severe problem to your body system. Some of the overdose symptoms are -

  • Vomiting or vomiting with blood
  • feeling exhausted
  • breathing problem
  • stools with blood

If you observe any of the symptoms of overdose then contact with your doctor immediately.

Some side effects of Clopidogrel

Clopidogrel may interact with some other medicines or medical condition. So ask your doctor about all the possible side effects of Clopidogrel. Get emergency medical help as soon as you observe any of these symptoms of allergic reaction -

•  swelling of your face lips, tongue, or throat
•  hives
•  difficulty breathing

Stop using Clopidogrel immediately and contact with your physician immediately if you observe the following side effects -

  • non stop bleeding from nose or other sore
  • bloody stools
  • blood in your urine
  • vomiting
  • vomiting with blood
  • nausea
  • sweating
  • feeling ill
  • chest pain
  • pain in the arm
  • pain in the shoulder
  • weakness
  • headache
  • memory problem
  • problems with vision
  • problem with speech
  • fever

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