Medicines & Supplements A to Z > Clopidogrel
Last updated on July 2, 2019.
GENERIC NAME: Clopidogrel
CHINESE NAME: 氯吡多
COMMON BRANDS IN HONG KONG: Plavix 柏域斯, Lopirel, Coplavix (contains Aspirin and Clopidogrel)
What is Clopidogrel for?
Clopidogrel belongs to a class of medications called thienopyridines. It is an antiplatelet which blocks the platelet aggregation and blood clot formation. Clopidogrel is therefore used to prevent thromboembolic events and treat acute coronary syndrome (heart attack).
How to use it?
Clopidogrel can be taken by mouth as tablets. The usual maintenance dose of Clopidogrel is 75 mg once daily. Your doctor will decide how long you need to take Clopidogrel based on your medical history and risk of bleeding.
What are the side effects of Clopidogrel?
Common side effects of Clopidogrel include diarrhoea, gastrointestinal discomfort, bleeding, and skin reactions.
Where to buy Clopidogrel in Hong Kong?
In Hong Kong, Clopidogrel is a prescription-only medicine, and requires a prescription from a doctor to be purchased in a pharmacy. It can also be obtained from doctors. To find a pharmacy near you, refer to the list of pharmacies (“Authorized Sellers of Poisons”) from the Hong Kong Department of Health.
For more information about drug names and ingredients, you can visit Hong Kong’s Drug Office at http://www.drugoffice.gov.hk
For detailed information about the use of Clopidogrel in children, pregnancy and breastfeeding, and for questions about drug interactions, please check with your pharmacist or doctor.
Disclaimer: our goal is to provide you with the most relevant drug information and common dosage for Hong Kong. This information does not constitute medical advice. For specific treatment recommendations and advice, always discuss with your doctor or pharmacist, and follow the instructions included with your specific medicine.