January 27, 2023

Know Your Drug: #Clopidogrel, Blood Thinner

Clopidogrel brand names plavix de plant generic name clopidograil what is clopidogrel and how does it work it is an anti-platelet drug it helps to keep blood flowing smoothly in your body clopidogrel works by blocking platelets from sticking together and prevents them from forming harmful clots clopidogrel is used to prevent heart attacks and strokes in persons

With heart disease it is also used in patients who had recent heart attack recent stroke or have blood circulation disease peripheral vascular disease it is also used with aspirin to treat new slash worsening chest pain new heart attack unstable angina it is used to keep blood vessels open and prevent blood clots after certain procedures such as cardiac stent

Clopidogrel belongs to a class of drugs called platelet inhibitors or the not brighton class inhibitors of p2y12 adp platelet receptors mechanism of action inhibitor of adenosine diphosphate adp-induced pathway for platelet aggregation how to use clopidogrel take this medication by mouth with or without food as directed by your doctor usually once daily take this

Medication regularly to get the most benefit from it to help you remember take it at the same time each day the dosage and length of treatment are based on your medical condition in response to treatment keep taking this medication even if you feel well do not stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor side effects of clopidogrel easy bleeding or

Bruising stomach upset or pain diarrhea and constipation may occur this medication has been prescribed because your doctor has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects many people using this medication do not have serious side effects although unlikely serious bleeding in the stomach gut eyes or brain may occur also clopidogrel can

Rarely cause a very serious blood disorder thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura ttp precautions before taking clopidogrel tell your doctor if you are allergic to it or to similar anti-platelet drugs this medicine may cause stomach bleeding avoid eating grapefruit or drinking grapefruit juice while using this medication unless your doctor says you may do so safely

Grapefruit can increase the chance of side effects with this medicine ask your doctor for more details daily use of alcohol while using this medicine may increase your risk for stomach bleeding limit alcoholic beverages ask your doctor or pharmacist about how much alcohol you may safely drink many medications contain pain relievers slash fever reducers nsaids such

As ibuprofen naproxen or aspirin these drugs may increase the risk of bleeding slash anti-platelet effect when used with clopidogrel to lower the chance of getting cut bruised or injured use caution with sharp objects like razors and nail cutters and avoid activities such as contact sports before having surgery tell your doctor or dentist about all the products

You use including prescription non-prescription and herbal drugs your doctor may instruct you to stop clopidogrel for at least five days before surgery do not stop taking clopidogrel without talking with your heart doctor cardiologist first how should you take clopidogrel 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 usual loading doses 300 milligrams orally once maintenance dose 75 milligrams orally once a day duration of therapy as directed by the physician overdose if you take too much you could have dangerous levels of the drug in your body symptoms of an overdose of this drug

Can include bleeding contact your doctor immediately if you miss a dose take it as soon as you remember if it is near the time of the next dose skip the mist dose take your next dose at the regular time do not double the dose to catch up clopidogrel oral tablet is used for long-term treatment it comes with serious risks if you don’t take it as prescribed if you

Stop taking the drug or don’t take it at all you increase your risk of heart attack or stroke these conditions can be fatal if you have to temporarily stop taking clopidogrel start taking it again as soon as your doctor tells you to stopping this drug may increase your risk of serious heart conditions stroke or a blood clot in the legs or lungs if you miss doses

Or don’t take the drug on schedule your medication may not work as well or may stop working completely for this drug to work well a certain amount needs to be in your body at all times drug interactions other medications can affect the removal of clopidogrel from your body which may affect how it works examples include certain acid reducers proton pump inhibitors

Such as ameprasol esomeprazole semetidine atravarine falbomate fluconazole fluoxetine fluvoxamine ketoconazole rifampin triclopidine voraconasal clopidogrel can slow down the removal of other drugs from your body which may affect how they work examples of affected drugs include disability repaglinide among others it is contraindicated with the use of ambitious

Sphere free to preview ritonavir using certain antidepressants with clopidogrel may increase your risk of bleeding examples of these drugs include selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors ssris and serotonin norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors snris clopidogrel has serious interactions with at least 42 different drugs clopidogrel has moderate interactions with at

Least 141 different drugs warnings you should not use clopidogrel if you have any active bleeding such as a stomach ulcer or bleeding in the brain general instruction don’t cut or crush the tablet store clopidogrel at room temperature near 77 degrees fahrenheit 25 degrees celsius it can be stored for a short time at a temperature between 59 degrees fahrenheit and

86 degrees fahrenheit 15 degrees celsius and 30 degrees celsius don’t store this medication in moist or damp areas such as bathrooms

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Know Your Drug: Clopidogrel, Blood Thinner By AshScape