Plagril (Clopidogrel Bisulfate)
What is Plagril (Clopidogrel Bisulfate) used for?
Plagril (Clopidogrel Bisulfate) is an oral anti-coagulant medication prescribed to treat patients who have recently had a heart attack, stroke, or who have leg pain caused by poor circulation. It operates by preventing the action of platelets in the blood that cause clotting to prevent clots from forming that may lead to further heart attacks or strokes. Your doctor may prescribe this medication along with others or for the treatment of other unlisted conditions.
How should I use Plagril (Clopidogrel Bisulfate)?
Plagril (Clopidogrel Bisulfate) should be used according to your doctor`s instructions to get safest and most effective results from treatment. The typical dosage is one tablet administered once daily, but your individual directions will depend on your age, weight, current health, the condition being treated, and the severity of your symptoms. These should be swallowed with a full glass of water and may be taken with or without food, but a meal or snack is recommended before use if you get an upset stomach. Never crush or split the tablets before taking them as this may destroy or alter the effects of their contents.
What are the side effects of Plagril (Clopidogrel Bisulfate)?
Side effects associated with the use of Plagril (Clopidogrel Bisulfate) include:
Stop using the medicine and contact your doctor immediately if any serious side effects occur including sensitive skin, easier bruising, bleeding that will not stop, signs of a heart attack, signs of a stroke, or signs of an allergic reaction including hives, swelling, or difficulty breathing. These conditions may require lower doses, reduced application frequency, or emergency medical attention in serious cases to prevent further health problems from occurring.
Plagril (Clopidogrel Bisulfate) should not be administered to patients who are pregnant, breastfeeding, lactose intolerant, children under the age of eighteen, or who have a peptic ulcer, haemorrhage, severely decreased liver function, or who have had an ischaemic stroke within the last week. Also inform your doctor if you are at increased risk of bleeding, taking other medications that may increase bleeding, have reduced liver function, or decreased kidney function. These conditions may lead to unexpected health problems requiring special alterations to your treatment.
Strictly use Plagril (Clopidogrel Bisulfate) as prescribed and follow all instructions provided by your doctor. Safe, suitable, and optimum dosage can vary and is dependent on the patient`s health and medical history, as well as the condition you are treating.
Plagril (Clopidogrel Bisulfate) may not be safe or suitable for all patients. Always ensure your doctor is informed if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, using any other type of medication (including non-prescription medicine, vitamins, and supplements), as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or pre-existing medication conditions.
Seek immediate medical attention or proceed to your nearest accident and emergency department if you suffer a hypersensitive or allergic reaction. Symptoms usually present during a reaction of this nature include difficulty breathing or swallowing, swelling of the limbs or face, tight chest, hives, and skin rashes.