Clopidogrel comes in tablet form. It should be taken by mouth once a day. You can take this medication with or without food.
For clopidogrel to work properly, you have to take it as prescribed. The medication will not work if you stop taking it.
The dose of clopidogrel your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
- The medical condition being treated
- Other medical conditions you may have
- Other medications you may be taking.
As is always the case, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically tells you to do so.
(Click Clopidogrel Dosing for more information.)
As with any medicine, side effects are possible with clopidogrel. However, not everyone who takes the drug will experience side effects. If people do develop side effects, they are usually minor, meaning they require no treatment or are easily treated by you or your healthcare provider.
Common side effects include but are not limited to:
- Major bleeding
- Pain, including back pain and abdominal (stomach) pain
- Upset stomach or indigestion (dyspepsia)
- Bloody nose
- Unexplained rash
- Itchy skin.
Because clopidogrel can increase the risk for major or life-threatening bleeding, contact your doctor immediately if you notice that it takes longer for bleeding to stop, you have any unusual bleeding, or have any of the following symptoms:
- Bloody nose
- Black, tarry stools
- Blood in the urine or stools
- Vomiting blood
- Red or purple spots on the skin
- Itchy skin or rash.
(Click Side Effects of Clopidogrel to learn more, including potentially serious side effects you should report to your healthcare provider.)