(Clopidogrel) is an inhibitor of platelet aggregation. Lopirel (Clopidogrel) selectively inhibits the binding of adenosine diphosphate (ADP) to its platelet receptor and the subsequent ADP-mediated activation of the glycoprotein GPIIb/IIIa complex, thereby inhibiting platelet aggregation.
(Clopidogrel) is used for the reduction of atherosclerotic events (myocardial infarction, ischaemic stroke, and vascular death) in patients with atherosclerosis documented by recent stroke, recent myocardial infarction, or established peripheral arterial disease.
|Therapeutic Class||Anti-platelet drugs|
|Last Updated:||June 23, 2021 at 11:19 am|
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The recommended dose of Lopirel (Clopidogrel) is 75 mg once daily with or without food.
Generally Clopidogrel is well tolerated. However, a few common side effects i.e. Influenza-like symptoms, headache, upper respiratory tract infection, dizziness, muscle and back pain, and rash may occur.
As with other anti-platelet agents, Clopidogrel should be used with caution in patients who may be at risk of increased bleeding from trauma, surgery, or other pathological conditions. Clopidogrel should be discontinued 7 days prior to surgery. Clopidogrel should be used with caution in hepatically impaired patients who may have bleeding diatheses.
Concomitant use of Heparin, Warfarin and NSAIDs with Clopidogrel should be undertaken with caution. Clopidogrel potentiate the effect of Aspirin on collagen-induced platelet aggregation. The safety of chronic concomitant administration of Aspirin and Clopidogrel has not been established.
Pregnancy & Breastfeeding use
Pregnancy: There are no adequate and well-controlled studies of Clopidogrel in pregnant women. However, Clopidogrel should be used during pregnancy only if clearly needed.
Lactation: Clopidogrel is not recommended for use while breast-feeding. It is not known for sure whether Clopidogrel is excreted in breast milk, although it is suspected that it is.
Clopidogrel is contraindicated in patients with a hypersensitivity to the drug substance or any component of the product, and those with active pathological bleeding such as peptic ulcer or intracranial hemorrhage.
Use in children: Safety and effectiveness of Clopidogrel in pediatric population have not been established.
In the event of over dosage no adverse effects were reported and no therapy was substituted.
Symptoms: Prolonged bleeding time and subsequent bleeding complications.
Management: May restore clotting ability with platelet transfusion.
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