What is Clopidogrel?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Plavix

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Clopidogrel is a potent oral antiplatelet agent often used in the treatment of coronary artery disease, peripheral vascular disease, and cerebrovascular disease.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Prevent blood clotting 158 67
Heart attack (myocardial infarction) 67 21
Angina pectoris 28 13
Transient ischemic attack 12 4
Coronary artery disease 11 5

Show all 43 reasons taken


  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe
9
Moderate
13
Mild
24
None
63

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Clopidogrel

Side effect Patients
Bruising 12
Bleed easily 5
Bruise easily 4
Excessive bleeding 3
Rashes (redness, swelling) 3
Back pain 1

Show all 27 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Clopidogrel

Dosage Patients
75 mg daily 57
20 mg daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Clopidogrel

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Doctor's advice 28
Course of treatment ended 19
Other 9
Side effects too severe 5
Did not seem to work 3
Expense 3
Change in health plan coverage 1
See all 56 patients who've stopped taking Clopidogrel

Duration

Currently taking Clopidogrel

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 3
6 months - 1 year 9
1 - 2 years 3
2 - 5 years 19
5 - 10 years 14
10 years or more 11

Stopped taking Clopidogrel

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 8
1 - 6 months 16
6 months - 1 year 9
1 - 2 years 10
2 - 5 years 8
5 - 10 years 3
10 years or more 2
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 105
Usually 2
Sometimes 1
Never taken as prescribed 1
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 2
Somewhat hard to take 4
A little hard to take 7
Not at all hard to take 96
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 4
$100-199 4
$50-99 3
$25-49 9
< $25 43
Not specified 46

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Clopidogrel after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Prasugrel (Effient) 3
Ticagrelor (Brilinta) 2
Aspirin-Dipyridamol (Aggrenox) 1
Warfarin (Coumadin) 1

Patients stopped taking Clopidogrel and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Apixaban (Eliquis) 2
Aspirin-Dipyridamol (Aggrenox) 1
Rivaroxaban (Xarelto) 1
Last updated:

9 patient evaluations for Clopidogrel

Jan 13, 2016 (Started Jan 29, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for heart attack (myocardial infarction))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 75 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I take my Plavix after having a stent fitted

  • 0 helpful marks

Aug 9, 2012 (Started Jul 06, 1996)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Prevent blood clotting)
  • Side effects
    Severe (thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura, bruising)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 75 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: as of 04-08-12 my bruising probably from this medication has just gone haywire again no use in tlaking to the doctor about it again as I am a stent patient and allergic to aspirin and I need an anti-platlet drug.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jul 17, 2012 (Started Jul 06, 1996)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Prevent blood clotting)
  • Side effects
    Severe (thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura, bruising)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 75 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

May 25, 2012 (Started Jul 06, 1996)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Prevent blood clotting)
  • Side effects
    Severe (thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura, bruising)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 75 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Still have to take this drug despite TTP and bruising being very bad at times as I have a stent in my aortic artery from my anuerysm repair. I have to take this drug as I am allergic to Aspirin and non compliant with any other antiplatlet drug.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Apr 28, 2012 (Started Jul 06, 1996)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Prevent blood clotting)
  • Side effects
    Severe (thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura, bruising)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 75 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Frequent attacks of TTP and unexplained bruising with this drug, I only took it as an option being alergic to Aspirin and non compliant with Warfarin.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 1 helpful mark

Jun 30, 2012 (Started Feb 04, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for heart attack (myocardial infarction))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Cost: $50-99 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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