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    What is Clopidogrel used for?

    Clopidogrel is used to prevent blood clots in people with recent heart attack or stroke. It belongs to a class of medications called antiplatelet drugs. This medication helps smooth flow of blood in your body, thereby preventing harmful blood clots. This medicine may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.

    What is the recommended dosage of Clopidogrel?

    The dosage of Clopidogrel prescribed to each patient will vary. Always follow your physician’s instructions and/or the directions on the prescription drug label.

    Clopidogrel can be taken with or without food.

    What if you miss a dose of Clopidogrel?

    If your physician has instructed or directed you to take Clopidogrel medication in a regular schedule and you have missed a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double the doses unless otherwise directed.

    What if you overdose on Clopidogrel?

    Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Clopidogrel, seek medical attention immediately.

    What other drugs could interact with Clopidogrel?

    It may be noted that drugs other than those listed above may also interact with Clopidogrel.

    Usually drug interactions occur when it is taken with another drug or with food. Before you take a medication for a particular ailment, you should inform the health expert about intake of any other medications including non-prescription medications, over-the-counter medicines that may increase the effect of Clopidogrel, and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbal, so that the doctor can warn you of any possible drug interactions.

    Clopidogrel can interact with antifungal medications and blood thinners.

    Do let your doctor know if you smoke, consume alcohol or caffeinated drinks, or use illegal drugs as these may interfere with the action of your medication. Make sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions you may have, or any family history of medical problems. Do not start or stop using any medicine without consulting your doctor.

    What are the side effects of Clopidogrel?

    Like other medicines, Clopidogrel can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Clopidogrel are most likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and may require the individual to inform the doctor or visit the nearest hospital immediately.

    It is pertinent to note that side effects of Clopidogrel cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Clopidogrel develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.

    Clopidogrel can cause side effects such as diarrhea, stomach pain, headache, dizziness, runny nose, cough, sore throat, and nausea. This is not a complete list of all side effects. Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are taking Clopidogrel.

    What are the questions to ask your doctor before taking Clopidogrel?

    Is it possible for me to take Clopidogrel with other drugs?
    Should certain beverages, foods and other products be avoided when I take Clopidogrel?
    What are the possible drug interactions of Clopidogrel?
    How will Clopidogrel work in my body?
    How should Clopidogrel be taken?
    How to reduce the risk of Clopidogrel drug interactions and side effects?


    The health and medical information provided here is intended to supplement and not substitute for the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professional. It should not be understood to indicate that the use of Clopidogrel is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Always consult your health care professional before using this, or any other, drug.


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