Blood thinners - clopidogrel; Antiplatelet therapy - clopidogrel
Taking clopidogrel helps prevent blood clots from forming in your arteries. This medicine helps reduce your risk of stroke or heart attack.
Clopidogrel may be used to:
This medicine is taken as a pill. Your doctor may change your dose from time to time.
Side effects of this medicine may include:
Before you start taking clopidogrel, tell your health care provider if:
Take this medicine with food and plenty of water to reduce side effects. You may need to stop taking clopidogrel before you have surgery or dental work. Do NOT just stop taking your medicine without first talking with your health care provider.
Talk with your provider before taking any of these drugs:
Do not take other drugs that may have aspirin or ibuprofen in them before talking with your provider. Read the labels on cold and flu medicines. Ask what other medicines are safe for you to take for aches and pains, colds, or the flu.
Tell your provider if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, or breastfeeding or planning to breastfeed. Women in the later stages of pregnancy should not take clopidogrel. Clopidogrel can be passed to infants through breast milk.
If you miss a dose:
Store these drugs and all other medicines in a cool, dry place. Keep them where children cannot get to them.
Call if you have any of these side effects and they do not go away:
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