The clopidogrel is an antiplatelet drug that acts by preventing the platelets form clots that may cause heart attacks or strokes .
What is clopidogrel used for?
It can be used alone or in combination with aspirin to prevent dangerous cardiovascular problems in people who have had a heart attack, stroke or severe chest pain, including those who have undergone procedures such as angioplasty and insertion of coronary stents or bypasses.
It is also used to prevent cardiovascular problems in people suffering from peripheral arterial disease and sometimes in cases of atrial fibrillation.
How is clopidogrel taken?
It is administered in the form of tablets, usually taken once a day.
Side effects of clopidogrel
Its possible side effects include:
- discharge of diarrhea
- marked fatigue
- stomach ache
- feeling sick
A doctor should be contacted immediately in case of:
- accelerated beat
- confused state
- seizure symptoms
- blood in vomit
- blood in the stool
- vomit that looks like coffee
- weakness or numbness of an arm or leg
- difficulty breathing, swallowing or speaking
- bruising or bleeding
- feverish state
- dark stool
- shortness of breath
- coronary heart problems
- swelling of the face, throat, tongue, lips, eyes, hands, feet, ankles or calves
- subcutaneous bleeding or purple spots
- visual problems
Contraindications and warnings of clopidogrel
It can increase the tendency to bleed or their duration.
Before taking it, you should inform your doctor:
- about the presence of allergies to the active substance or to its excipients, prasugrel, ticlopidine or any other drug
- of medicines, phytotherapy and supplements already taken in the past, remembering to mention Fans, cilostazol, esomeprazole, etravirine, anticoagulants, omeprazole, SSRIs and SNRIs
- if you suffer (or have suffered in the past) from kidney or liver disease, gastric problems, bleeding ulcers, brain bleeding or other serious forms of bleeding and eye diseases
- in case of recent trauma
- in the case of pregnant or breastfeeding women.