Clopidogrel Bisulfate

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Clopidogrel Bisulfate

Brand Plavix

 

Form Oral Tablet
Drug Type Platelet aggregation inhibitors 
Clopidogrel Bisulfate

Clopidogrel is used to lower your risk of having a stroke, blood clot, or serious heart problem after you've had a heart attack, severe chest pain (angina), or circulation problems.

 

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Drug Information

Clopidogrel is used to lower your risk of having a stroke, blood clot, or serious heart problem after you've had a heart attack, severe chest pain (angina), or circulation problems.

Clopidogrel may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

Follow all directions on your prescription label and read all medication guides or instruction sheets. Use these medicines exactly as directed.

Clopidogrel can be taken with or without food.

Clopidogrel is sometimes taken together with aspirin. Take aspirin only if your doctor tells you to.

Clopidogrel keeps your blood from coagulating (clotting) and can make it easier for you to bleed, even from a minor injury. Contact your doctor or seek emergency medical attention if you have any bleeding that will not stop.

You may need to stop using clopidogrel for a short time before a surgery, medical procedure, or dental work. Any healthcare provider who treats you should know that you are taking clopidogrel.

Do not stop taking clopidogrel without first talking to your doctor, even if you have signs of bleeding. Stopping the medicine could increase your risk of a heart attack or stroke.

Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat.

Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction : hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Clopidogrel increases your risk of bleeding, which can be severe or life-threatening. Call your doctor or seek emergency medical attention if you have bleeding that will not stop, if you have blood in your urine, black or bloody stools, or if you cough up blood or vomit that looks like coffee grounds.

Also call your doctor at once if you have:

  • nosebleeds, pale skin, easy bruising, purple spots under your skin or in your mouth;
  • jaundice (yellowing of your skin or eyes);
  • fast heartbeats, shortness of breath;
  • headache, fever, weakness, feeling tired;
  • little or no urination;
  • a seizure;
  • low blood sugar --headache, hunger, sweating, irritability, dizziness, fast heart rate, and feeling anxious or shaky; or
  • signs of a blood clot --sudden numbness or weakness, confusion, problems with vision or speech.

Common side effects may include:

  • bleeding.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Avoid alcohol. It can increase your risk of stomach bleeding.

Avoid activities that may increase your risk of bleeding or injury. Use extra care to prevent bleeding while shaving or brushing your teeth.

If you also take aspirin: Ask a doctor or pharmacist before using medicines for pain, fever, swelling, or cold/flu symptoms. They may contain ingredients similar to aspirin (such as salicylates, ibuprofen, ketoprofen, or naproxen). Taking these products together can increase your risk of bleeding.

Sometimes it is not safe to use certain medications at the same time. Some drugs can affect your blood levels of other drugs you take, which may increase side effects or make the medications less effective.

Tell your doctor about all your other medicines, especially:

  • a stomach acid reducer such as omeprazole, Nexium, or Prilosec;
  • an antidepressant such as citalopram, fluoxetine, sertraline, Cymbalta, Effexor, Lexapro, Pristiq, or Prozac;
  • rifampin;
  • a blood thinner --warfarin, Coumadin, Jantoven; or
  • NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) --aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), naproxen (Aleve), celecoxib, diclofenac, indomethacin, meloxicam, and others.

This list is not complete. Other drugs may affect clopidogrel, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Not all possible drug interactions are listed here.

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