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Generic Name: Clopidogrel
US Brand Name: Plavix
Clopidogrel is used to prevent blood clots after a recent heart attack or stroke, and in people with certain disorders of the heart or blood vessels.
Advantages of Clopidogrel
Clopidogrel, unlike blood pressure and cholesterol medicines, works to help keep platelets from sticking together and forming clots.
Dosage and Forms
Clopidogrel comes in round, pink tablets (75mg). Each dose should be taken with a full glass of water. It has no importance whether you take the tablet with food or without it. The recommended daily dose of Clopidogrel is 75 mg once daily. Seek emergency medical attention if you think you have used too much of this medicine. Symptoms of a Clopidogrel overdose may include vomiting, feeling exhausted or short of breath, and blood in your stools or vomit.
Contraindications and Precautions
If you have any of these conditions, you may not be able to use Clopidogrel, or you may need a dosage adjustment or special tests during treatment.
Clopidogrel like many other medicines may cause side effects. More common side effects include: Stomach upset/pain, diarrhea, constipation, headache, dizziness, rash, flu-like symptoms, or back/joint pain may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor or pharmacist promptly.