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Treating Acute Coronary Syndrome and Myocardial infarction (MI) (Heart Attack)

Acute Coronary Syndrome: Heart attack and unstable angina are included in acute coronary syndrome. It means the condition where the blood supplied to the heart muscle is suddenly blocked. It may be due to decreased blood flow in the coronary arteries. This leads to death or improper functioning of heart muscle. It can cause life-threatening problems like stroke, heart attack or severe chest pain.

Clopidogrel bisulfate is used alone or with aspirin to prevent the above condition and is useful in treating Acute Coronary Syndrome. FDA approved the drug in 1997.

How does Clopidogrel Bisulfate work?

Clopidogrel bisulfate is a thieno-pyridine class of drugs. This class of drug inhibits platelet aggregation.

It is called as an anti-platelet drug. The drugs inhibit the platelets from sticking to each other. This prevents them from forming the harmful blood clots. It helps to maintain smooth blood flow in your body. Easy blood flow reduces the risk of a future stroke or heart attack. It is a type of blood thinning medications. It also reduces the number of platelets in the blood. 

How to take Clopidogrel Bisulfate?

Clopidogrel bisulfate is available as a tablet of 75 mg.

Adult Dosage:

  • Peripheral arterial disease or recent stroke: – 75 mg one time in a day.
  • Angina or heart attack: – Single dose of 300 mg. You can continue at 75 mg one time in a day.

Children dosage: Not established.


  1. It may be combined with aspirin as per need.
  2. You can take it with or without food.
  3. Your doctor may adjust your dose as per your need.

What are the uses of Clopidogrel Bisulfate?

  • Treats the patient with the following disease,
  • Acute coronary syndrome
  • Myocardial infarction
  • Peripheral vascular disease
  • Some stroke patients
  • Prevents platelets from clumping together
  • Prevents blood clot formation
  • This reduces the chances of stroke or heart attack in future
  • Improves circulation of the ladder
  • Used to prevent clotting of blood in a patient who has a recent heart attack or stroke

What are the precautions in taking Clopidogrel Bisulfate?

It is necessary to consider certain conditions while taking the above drug. Inform your doctor if you are or have the follow;

  • Allergic to the above drug
  • Liver disease
  • Bleeding ulcers of stomach or intestine
  • Other condition that causes severe bleeding
  • Pregnant
  • Breastfeeding
  • Upcoming dental or any other surgery

Avoid cut or hurt yourself. You may bleed more easily as this is a type of blood thinner.

Tell your doctor regarding all other medicines you take. This help to avoid drug interactions.

Cost of Clopidogrel Bisulfate (Generic and Brand)

Generic drugs are copies of brand drugs. They have same dosage, uses, strength as brand ones. Both of them contain same active ingredients. Brand drugs makers invent the drugs. This costs hundreds of millions of dollar. Generic medicines are cheap and do not need to spend for the inventions.

  • Cost of Generic Clopidogrel Bisulfate.
  • Pack of 30 tablets of 75 mg costs $ 18, per unit cost is $ 0.6.
  • Cost of brand Plavix.
  • Pack of 30 tablets of 75 mg costs $ 217.11, per unit cost is $ 7.24.

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