Plagril (Clopidogrel Bisulfate)
What is Plagril (Clopidogrel Bisulfate) used for?
Plagril (Clopidogrel Bisulfate) is an antiplatelet medication prescribed to prevent strokes, heart attacks, or to treat peripheral arterial disease. It operates by stopping the adhesion of platelets to prevent clots from forming. Your physician may also prescribe this medication to treat other unlisted conditions.
How should I use Plagril (Clopidogrel Bisulfate)?
Use Plagril (Clopidogrel Bisulfate) according to your physician's instructions to get the most effective results from treatment. The typical dosage is one tablet taken once daily, but your particular directions will depend on the condition being treated, your current health, and the severity of your symptoms. These should be swallowed with a large glass of water and can be taken on an empty stomach. Never crush, split, or chew the tablets before use as this may destroy or alter the effects of their contents. Ask your physician any questions you have about the medication to make sure you are using it correctly.
What are the side effects of Plagril (Clopidogrel Bisulfate)?
Side effects that may occur while using Plagril (Clopidogrel Bisulfate) include:
More serious side effects that may require emergency medical attention are nosebleeds, bleeding that will not stop, sudden numbness, chest pain, trouble breathing, sudden severe headaches, sensitive skin, easier bruising, numbness, vision problems, discolored stools, blood appearing in the urine, or jaundice. Immediately inform your physician if you experience any unusual or worrying symptoms to make sure the correct changes are made to your dosage or application frequency to prevent more complications from appearing.
Plagril (Clopidogrel Bisulfate) should not be used by patients who are pregnant, breastfeeding, lactose intolerant, children under the age of eighteen, if you have a peptic ulcer, severely decreased liver function, or if you have recently had an ischemic stroke. It is also important to inform your physician if you are at an increased risk of bleeding, taking other medications that increase the risk of bleeding, if you have moderate liver disease, or decreased kidney function. These conditions may cause unexpected problems during treatment requiring special adjustments to your regimen.
Strictly follow all instructions provided to you by your physician or pharmacist while using Plagril (Clopidogrel Bisulfate). Optimum and safe dosage can differ based on the patient and the condition being treated.
As this medication may be unsafe for certain patients, it is essential you always inform your physician if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or ongoing health conditions, and if you are taking any other form of medication, supplements, or herbal products.
Immediately seek emergency medical care if you have an allergic or hypersensitive reaction. Common signs of a reaction include hives, swelling, skin rashes, chest pains, as well as trouble breathing or swallowing.