Clopitab A 75 MG Tablet 15
Uses :Clopidogrel Clopidogrel is used to prevent blood from clotting. Clopidogrel is beneficial in the prevention of heart attack and stroke and relieve chest pain. Aspirin Aspirin is an analgesic, used to relieve moderate to severe pain, such as headache, migraine, nerve pain, toothache, sore throat, joint pain, dysmenorrhea (pain during periods) and heart attack. It is also used as a blood thinner in heart diseases and stroke.
Mode of drug action
Clopidogrel Clopidogrel is an anti-platelet drug. The drug works by preventing platelets (a type of blood cells) from aggregating, thereby, preventing the formation of blood clots. Clopidogrel is also known as a blood-thinning agent as it keeps the blood thin enough to flow smoothly through the blood vessels. Aspirin Aspirin (or acetylsalicylic acid) blocks the cyclooxygenase enzyme, which decreases the production of two chemicals- prostaglandins and thromboxanes. Low levels of prostaglandin bring about pain relief. Low thromboxane levels results in thinning of blood, therefore, its long-term use helps to prevent heart attack and stroke.
What are the common side effects?
Clopidogrel Clopidogrel side effects include diarrhea, nausea, acne-like rash, joint pain, chest pain, headache, upper respiratory tract infection, urinary tract infection, depression, and bruising. Aspirin The common side effects of aspirin include rashes, ulcers in the gastrointestinal tract, stomachache, abdominal cramping, nausea, heartburn, drowsiness, headache, and bleeding. Some people may be hypersensitive to acetyl salicylic acid.
Pregnancy: Unsafe Breast feeding: Unsafe Alcohol: Unsafe Kidney dysfunction: Caution required Liver dysfunction: Caution required
Special precautions for safe use
• Do not forget to talk to the doctor if there is a history of stroke with bleeding into the brain while using Clopitab A.
• Report to the doctor if there is any experience of sharp muscle pain, weakness and fever with the use of Clopitab A.
• If any dark colored urine or yellowing of skin or eyes is experienced , after the administration of Clopitab A tablet immediately inform to the doctor. These signs and symptoms might indicate an active bleeding.
• Pregnant and lactating women should seek medical advice before taking the drug to avoid the aspirin side effects.
• This drug is not meant for children as it can cause Reye’s syndrome.
• Clopitab A might interact with certain foods you take and decrease or increase its action. One such instance is grapefruit or grape juice. So, when administering the drug avoid taking grapefruit.
• Those with a history of asthma, nasal polyps, heartburn, hypothyroidism, hemophilia, ulcers, anemia, gout, diabetes, liver or kidney disease and any bleeding disorder should take aspirin under medical supervision.
• Further information such as Clopitab A side effects and uses can be obtained from the leaflet.
What else should I know?
1. I have stomach ulcer which causes bleeding at times, can I use clopidogrel? No, if you have any bleeding diseases, then you should not use clopidogrel as it can cause bleeding.
2. I am on clopidogrel since two months, can I undergo a dental surgery? If you are planning to undergo any surgery, you must make the doctor aware that you are using clopidogrel, because it may cause excess bleeding during the surgical procedure.
3. What are the suitable storage conditions for clopidogrel? Clopidogrel must be stored at a room temperature away from moisture and heat.
4. Can I gain or lose weight by chronic use of clopidogrel? No, there is no evidence that you may lose or gain weight with the long-term use of clopidogrel.
5.I have gastric acidity problem and am on clopidogrel. Is it ok if I administer ranitidine for acidity? Yes,ranitidine is safe to take with copidogrel. But other drugs of same class such as cimetidine which are used in gastric acidity can interact with clopidogrel.
1. How often should I take ASA? It is best to take ASA as directed by your physician. Usually, the drug is taken daily, for its maximum benefit.
2. Are there any risks associated with ASA? Yes, ASA may increase the risk of bleeding. So if you already have a bleeding disorder, you may need to take ASA in reduced doses or under medical supervision. The drug may also increase the risk of stomach ulcers; therefore, those with the history of ulcers should be careful.
3. What can I do to prevent stomach upset associated with the drug intake? Stomach upset is a common side-effect of the drug and may decrease once the body gets used to the drug. Taking the medication with milk or after food reduces stomach upset.
4. Can I give ASA for the treatment of fever in my 7-year old child? No, aspirin can cause Reye’s syndrome, a serious illness, in children, therefore, should be avoided.
5. I am scheduled for a surgery after a month. Should I tell my surgeon that I take ASA? Yes, you should tell your surgeon that you take ASA. ASA may increase the risk of bleeding during or after surgery. Therefore the medication must be stopped for a week or two before the surgery to reduce the bleeding risk.