Clopidogrel is used to prevent heart attacks and strokes in persons with heart disease (recent heart attack) recent stroke or blood circulation disease (peripheral vascular disease).
It is also used with aspirin to treat new/worsening chest pain (new heart attack unstable angina) and to keep blood vessels open and prevent blood clots after certain procedures (such as cardiac stent).
Clopidogrel works by blocking platelets from sticking together and prevents them from forming harmful clots. It is an antiplatelet drug. It helps keep blood flowing smoothly in your body.
Easy bleeding/bruising stomach upset/pain diarrhea and constipation may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.
Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects.