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    Clopidogrel

    Information about Clopidogrel

    Clopidogrel uses

    Clopidogrel is used in the treatment of heart attack and Unstable Angina.

    How clopidogrel works

    Clopidogrel is an antiplatelet medication. It works by preventing platelets from sticking together which decreases the formation of harmful blood clots. This lower the chance of heart attack or stroke.

    Common side effects of clopidogrel

    Diarrhoea, Abdominal pain, Dyspepsia, Bleeding

    Available Medicine for Clopidogrel

    • ₹103 to ₹142
      Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd
      2 variant(s)
    • ₹94
      Sanofi India Ltd
      1 variant(s)
    • ₹81 to ₹89
      Lupin Ltd
      2 variant(s)
    • ₹75 to ₹126
      Torrent Pharmaceuticals Ltd
      2 variant(s)
    • ₹44 to ₹106
      Intas Pharmaceuticals Ltd
      3 variant(s)
    • ₹36 to ₹76
      Cipla Ltd
      3 variant(s)
    • ₹103
      Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd
      1 variant(s)
    • ₹43 to ₹67
      Intas Pharmaceuticals Ltd
      2 variant(s)
    • ₹64
      Micro Labs Ltd
      1 variant(s)
    • ₹43
      Unichem Laboratories Ltd
      1 variant(s)

    Expert advice for Clopidogrel

    • Clopidogrel can be taken with or without food.
    • If you are going to have surgery or dental work, you may be asked to stop taking Clopidogrel temporarily.
    • Common side effect is bleeding. Inform your doctor if get blood in the urine, black stools, bruising easily, nosebleeds, bleeding from your gums, bleeding from cuts that take a long time to stop, and heavier than normal menstrual bleeding.
    • If you cut yourself, apply firm pressure to the site for at least five minutes using a clean and dry dressing. Immediately inform your doctor or contact a hospital emergency if you are unable to stop bleeding.
    • Inform your doctor if you have ever been diagnosed with kidney or liver problems.

    Frequently asked questions for Clopidogrel

    Clopidogrel

    Q. Is Clopidogrel a narcotic substance?
    No. Clopidogrel is not narcotic substance. It is an antiplatelet medication and is used in the management of heart attack and unstable angina.
    Q. Is Clopidogrel an anticoagulant?
    Clopidogrel is not an anticoagulant. Clopidogrel belongs to a group of medicines called antiplatelet drugs. Both antiplatelets and anticoagulants work to prevent clots in your blood vessels, but they work in different ways. Antiplatelets interfere with the binding of platelets, or the process that actually starts the formation of blood clots. Anticoagulants interfere with the proteins in your blood that are involved with the coagulation process. These proteins are called factors. Different anticoagulants interfere with different factors to prevent clotting
    Q. Is Clopidogrel a beta blocker?
    Clopidogrel is not a beta blocker. Clopidogrel belongs to a group of medicines called antiplatelet drugs. Platelets are very small structures in the blood, which clump together during blood clotting. By preventing this clumping, antiplatelet drugs decreases the formation of blood clots (also known as thrombosis).
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    Q. Is Clopidogrel a Nonsteroidal Antiinflammatory Drug (NSAID)?
    Clopidogrel is not a Nonsteroidal Antiinflammatory Drug (NSAID). Clopidogrel belongs to a group of medicines called antiplatelet drugs.
    Q. How long can I take Clopidogrel for?
    Take Clopidogrel only for a duration as advised by your doctor.
    Q. Is Clopidogrel a blood thinner?
    Clopidogrel is a blood thinner medicine that lowers the chance of blood clots forming in your body. Clopidogrel belongs to a group of medicines called antiplatelet drugs.
    Q. Is Clopidogrel a statin?
    Clopidogrel is not a statin. Clopidogrel belongs to a group of medicines called antiplatelet drugs.
    Q. Is Clopidogrel an Angiotensin Converting Enzyme (ACE) inhibitor?
    Clopidogrel is not an Angiotensin Converting Enzyme (ACE) inhibitor. Clopidogrel belongs to a group of medicines called antiplatelet drugs.
    Q. Does Clopidogrel cause weight gain?
    Clopidogrel is not known to cause weight gain. Please consult your doctor if you experience weight gain after taking Clopidogrel.
    Q. Does Clopidogrel lower blood pressure?
    Clopidogrel does not lower blood pressure. Please consult your doctor if you experience lowering of blood pressure after taking Clopidogrel as it may require proper diagnosis and treatment.
    Q. Does Clopidogrel cause bruising?
    Bruising is a common side effect of Clopidogrel. Please consult your doctor if you notice any bruising after taking Clopidogrel.
    Q. Does Clopidogrel cause constipation?
    Constipation is an uncommon side effect associated with the use of Clopidogrel.
    Q. Does Clopidogrel cause itching?
    Clopidogrel can cause itching as an uncommon side effect. Contact your doctor immediately if you experience swelling in mouth or skin disorders like rashes and itching, blisters of the skin. These may be the signs of an allergic reaction.

    Content on this page was last updated on 22 August, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)