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|02252767||APO-CLOPIDOGREL 75MG TABLET|
Clopidogrel belongs to the class of medications called platelet aggregation inhibitors or antiplatelets. Clopidogrel is used to help prevent heart attacks, strokes, and other circulation problems in people who have atherosclerosis (narrowed blood vessels caused by "hardening of the arteries") and have already experienced at least one atherothrombotic event such as heart attack, stroke, or diagnosed peripheral arterial disease (problems with blood flow in the arteries).It is also used with ASA (acetylsalicylic acid) by people with acute coronary syndrome or atrial fibrillation (a fast, irregular heartbeat).
Normally, platelets help the blood to clot when needed, such as after an injury. When arteries become narrowed by fat deposits (plaques), platelets often clump together in the vessels. Unstable plaques can rupture, leading to additional platelet clumping that can cause a larger blockage of the artery. This further narrows the arteries and increases the chances of heart attack, stroke, or other circulation problems. Clopidogrel reduces the chances of these events by preventing platelets from forming into clumps.
Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than the ones listed in these drug information articles. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are taking this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor.
Do not give this medication to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to take this medication if their doctor has not prescribed it.
The recommended adult dose of clopidogrel for most conditions is 75 mg once daily. When used by people with acute coronary syndromes, a 300 mg "loading dose" is initially prescribed. After this, treatment starts with 75 mg of clopidogrel once daily along with ASA once daily.
Many things can affect the dose of medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are taking the medication without consulting your doctor.
Clopidogrel may be taken with or without food.
It is important to take this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you miss a dose within 12 hours of your usual time, take it as soon as possible and continue with your regular schedule. If it is more than 12 hours, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
Store this medication at room temperature, protect it from light and moisture, and keep it out of the reach of children.
Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.
Each pink, round, biconvex, film-coated tablet engraved with "CL" over "75" on one side and "APO" on the other side contains clopidogrel bisulfate equivalent to 75 mg clopidogrel. Nonmedicinal ingredients: anhydrous lactose, methylcellulose, crospovidone, colloidal silicon dioxide, zinc stearate, hydroxypropyl cellulose, hydroxypropylmethyl cellulose, polyethylene glycol, titanium dioxide, and red ferric oxide (orange shade).
Do not take clopidogrel if you:
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