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Clopidogrel is used to prevent blood clots (thrombi) forming in hardened blood vessels (arteries), a process known as atherothrombosis, which can lead to atherothrombotic events such as stroke, heart attack, or death.

How it works

Clopidogrel belongs to a class of medicines called antiplatelet. It’s a “blood thinner”. It works by blocking certain blood cells called platelets and prevents them from forming harmful blood clots. This "anti-platelet" effect helps keep blood flowing smoothly in your body.

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


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 26 October, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)