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Clopidogrel

INFORMATION

Uses

Clopidogrel is used in the treatment of heart attack.

How it works

Clopidogrel prevents platelets from sticking together which decreases the formation of harmful blood clots.

Common side effects

Nausea, Diarrhoea, Acne-like rash, Joint pain, Chest pain, Depression, Dizziness, Easy bruise, Headache, Influenza like syndrome, Running nose, Upper respiratory tract infection, Urinary tract infection

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Expert advice

Consult your doctor if you feel sudden muscle pain, weakness or fever
Consult your doctor if you notice dark colored urine or yellowing of eyes or skin
Avoid intake of excess fat containing food, it may reduce the effectiveness of atorvastatin.
Avoid grapefruit and grapefruit juice, it may interact and lead to potentially dangerous effect.( if you drink a lot of grapefruit juice while taking certain statin drugs to lower cholesterol, too much of the drug may stay in your body, increasing your risk for liver damage and muscle breakdown that can lead to kidney failure.)
Talk to your doctor if you have had a previous stroke with bleeding into the brain
Consult your doctor  if you have kidney problems, under-active thyroid gland (hypothyroidism),  a personal or family history of muscle problems

Frequently asked questions

Clopidogrel

Q.What is Deplatt CV 20?
Deplatt CV 20 is a combination of clopidogrel 75 mg, atorvastatin 10 mg and aspirin 75 mg

Q.Is clopidogrel a narcotic/ controlled substance?
No. Clopidogrel is not narcotic/ controlled substance.


Content on this page was last updated on 24 November, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)