Clopidogrel is used effectively to stop heart attacks and strokes. It also works against recent heart attack and unstable angina. Sometimes blood circulation diseases are treated with Clopidogrel. It blocks platelets which is a kind of blood cells. This medicine stops the platelets to form blood clots which are very risky. To form the anti-platelet Clopidogrel helps by keeping smooth blood flow in patients' body.
Clopidogrel must be taken with physician's prescription. Taking once a day is the recommended dose for Clopidogrel. Clopidogrel can be taken with or without food. Always take it with a glass of water. Use the medicine regularly to get the best result from this medicine. Keep a regular schedule. Follow the same time while taking this medicine. Do not miss dose or overdose.
Clopidogrel interaction with medicines and medical conditions
Like other medicines Clopidogrel may interact with other medicines or medical conditions. Do not use this medicine without consulting with your doctor. Patients who are allergic to Clopidogrel must talk to their doctor before taking this medicine. Also if you have allergy with medicines then you must talk to your physician. Sometimes taking herbal medicines can create some problem as herbal medicines have the tendency to interact with Clopidogrel. Do not take any medicines while taking Clopidogrel with out proper medical advice from your health care provider. Blood disorder patients must talk to their doctors. If you have history of family diseases then inform your doctor. Breast feeding mothers or pregnant women should use this medicine carefully. Also talk to your doctor before taking this medicine if you have active peptic ulcers, kidney disease, certain eye disease, stomach disease, liver diseases.
Clopidogrel interaction with other medicines
Clopidogrel may interact with other medicines. So be careful before using any medicines with Clopidogrel. Aspirin and Clopidogrel are sometimes used together for some heart problems. Consult with your doctor before start taking aspirin for any medical condition. Herbal treatment is not recommended while taking this medicine as herbal medicines can interact with this medicine. If you have any past history of diseases then tell your health care provider. Do not foget to inform your doctor before using medicines like atorvastatin, warfarin, heparin etc. Do not take non-prescribed medicines.
Like every other medicines Clopidogrel sometime causes unwanted side effects. But patients may recover from side effects as soon as their bodies adjust with Clopidogrel. Moreover only a few people suffer from Clopidogrel side effects. However, side effects should be observed carefully. As soon as you observe any change in your physical or mental condition while taking this medicine contact with your doctor immediately. Sometimes taking some other medicines may cause this problem as other medicines and medical conditions interact with Clopidogrel. Some of the most common side effects of Clopidogrel are –
- Abdominal pain,
- Bleeding etc.
There may be some other side effects. Contact your doctor as soon as possible if you observe any change in you while taking Clopidogrel.