What is it and how is it used?

Clopidogrel HCS belongs to a group of medicines called antiplatelet medicinal products. Platelets are very small structures in the blood, which clump together during blood clotting. By preventing this clumping, antiplatelet medicinal products reduce the chances of blood clots forming (a process called thrombosis).

Clopidogrel HCS is taken to prevent blood clots (thrombi) forming in hardened blood vessels (arteries), a process known as atherothrombosis, which can lead to atherothrombotic events (such as stroke, heart attack, or death).

You have been prescribed Clopidogrel HCS to help prevent blood clots and reduce the risk of these severe events because:

  • You have a condition of hardening of arteries (also known as atherosclerosis), and
  • You have previously experienced a heart attack, stroke or have a condition known as peripheral arterial disease , or
  • You have experienced a severe type of chest pain known as ?unstable angina? or ?myocardial infarction? (heart attack). For the treatment of this condition your doctor may have placed a stent in the blocked or narrowed artery to restore effective blood flow. You should also be given acetylsalicylic acid (a substance present in many medicines used to relieve pain and lower fever as well as to prevent blood clotting) by your doctor.
Table of Contents
What do you have to consider before using it?
How is it used?
What are possible side effects?
How should it be stored?
Further information

What do you have to consider before using it?

Do not take Clopidogrel HCS

  • if you are allergic (hypersensitive) to clopidogrel or any of the other ingredients of Clopidogrel HCS
  • if you have a medical condition that is currently causing bleeding such as a stomach ulcer or bleeding within the brain
  • if you suffer from severe liver disease.

If you think any of these apply to you, or if you are in any doubt at all, consult your doctor before taking Clopidogrel HCS.

Take special care with Clopidogrel HCS

If any of the situations mentioned below apply to you, you should tell your doctor before taking Clopidogrel HCS:

  • if you have a risk of bleeding such as
  • a medical condition that puts you at risk of internal bleeding (such as a stomach ulcer)
  • a blood disorder that makes you prone to internal bleeding (bleeding inside any tissues, organs or joints of your body)
  • a recent serious injury
  • a recent surgery (including dental)
  • a planned surgery (including dental) in the next seven days
  • if you have had a clot in an artery of your brain (ischaemic stroke) which occurred within the last seven days
  • if you have kidney or liver disease.

While you are taking Clopidogrel HCS:

  • You should tell your doctor if a surgery (including dental) is planned
  • You should also tell your doctor immediately if you develop a medical condition (also known as Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic Purpura or TTP) that includes fever and bruising under the skin that may appear as red pinpoint dots, with or without unexplained extreme tiredness, confusion, yellowing of the skin or eyes (jaundice) (see section 4 ?Possible side effects?)
  • If you cut or injure yourself, it may take longer than usual for bleeding to stop. This is linked to the way your medicine works as it prevents the ability of blood clots to form. For minor cuts and injuries e.g., cutting yourself, shaving, this is usually of no concern. However, if you are concerned by your bleeding, you should contact your doctor straightaway (see section 4 ?Possible side effects?)
  • Your doctor may order blood tests

Clopidogrel HCS is not intended for use in children or adolescents.

Taking other medicines

Please tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking or have recently taken any other medicines, including medicines obtained without a prescription.
Some other medicines may influence the use of Clopidogrel HCS or vice versa.

You should specifically tell your doctor if you take

  • oral anticoagulants, medicines used to reduce blood clotting,
  • a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medicine, usually used to treat painful and/or inflammatory conditions of muscle or joints,
  • heparin, or any other medicine used to reduce blood clotting.
  • a proton pump inhibitor (e.g, omeprazole) for upset stomach,
  • fluconazole, voriconazole, ciprofloxacin, or chloramphenicol, medicines to treat bacterial and fungal infections,
  • cimetidine, medicine to treat upset stomach,
  • fluoxetine, fluvoxamine, or moclobemide, medicines to treat depression,
  • carbamazepine, or oxcarbazepine, medicines to treat some forms of epilepsy,
  • ticlopidine, other antiplatelet agent.

If you have experienced severe chest pain (unstable angina or heart attack), you may be prescribed clopidogrel in combination with acetylsalicylic acid, a substance present in many medicines used to relieve pain and lower fever. An occasional use of acetylsalicylic acid (no more than 1,000 mg in any 24 hour period) should generally not cause a problem, but prolonged use in other circumstances should be discussed with your doctor.

Taking Clopidogrel HCS with food and drink
Clopidogrel HCS may be taken with or without food.

Pregnancy and breast-feeding

It is preferable not to use this product during pregnancy and breast-feeding.

If you are pregnant or suspect that you are pregnant, you should tell your doctor or your pharmacist before taking Clopidogrel HCS. If you become pregnant while taking Clopidogrel HCS, consult your doctor immediately as it is recommended not to take clopidogrel while you are pregnant.

While taking Clopidogrel HCS, consult your doctor about the breast-feeding of a baby.

Ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking any medicine.

Driving and using machines
Clopidogrel HCS is unlikely to affect your ability to drive or to use machines.

Important information about some of the ingredients of Clopidogrel HCS

Clopidogrel HCS contains hydrogenated castor oil which may cause stomach upset and diarrhoea.

How is it used?

Always take Clopidogrel HCS exactly as your doctor has told you. You should check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.

If you have experienced severe chest pain (unstable angina or heart attack), your doctor may give you 300 mg of Clopidogrel HCS (4 tablets of 75 mg) once at the start of treatment. Then, the usual dose is one 75 mg tablet of Clopidogrel HCS per day to be taken orally with or without food, and at the same time each day.

You should take Clopidogrel HCS for as long as your doctor continues to prescribe it.

If you take more Clopidogrel HCS than you should
Contact your doctor or the nearest hospital emergency department because of the increased risk of bleeding.

If you forget to take Clopidogrel HCS
If you forget to take a dose of Clopidogrel HCS, but remember within 12 hours of your usual time, take your tablet straightaway and then take your next tablet at the usual time.

If you forget for more than 12 hours, simply take the next single dose at the usual time. Do not take a double dose to make up for a forgotten tablet dose.

For the 28x1 tablets pack size, you can check the day on which you last took the tablet by referring to the calendar printed on the blister.

If you stop taking Clopidogrel HCS

Do not stop the treatment. Contact your doctor or pharmacist before stopping.

If you have any further questions on the use of this product, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

What are possible side effects?

Like all medicines, Clopidogrel HCS can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.

Contact your doctor immediately if you experience:

  • fever, signs of infection or extreme tiredness. These may be due to rare decrease of some blood cells.
  • signs of liver problems such as yellowing of the skin and/or the eyes (jaundice), whether or not associated with bleeding which appears under the skin as red pinpoint dots and/or confusion (see section 2 ?Take special care with Clopidogrel HCS?).
  • swelling in the mouth or skin disorders such as rashes and itching, blisters of the skin. These may be the signs of an allergic reaction.

The most common side effect (affects 1 to 10 patients in 100) reported with Clopidogrel HCS is bleeding.
Bleeding may occur as bleeding in the stomach or bowels, bruising, haematoma (unusual bleeding or bruising under the skin), nose bleed, blood in the urine. In a small number of cases, bleeding in the eye, inside the head, the lung or the joints has also been reported.

If you experience prolonged bleeding when taking Clopidogrel HCS

If you cut or injure yourself, it may take slightly longer than usual for bleeding to stop. This is linked to the way your medicine works as it prevents the ability of blood clots to form. For minor cuts and injuries e.g., cutting yourself, shaving, this is of no concern. However, if you are concerned by your bleeding, you should contact your doctor straightaway (see section 2 ?Take special care with Clopidogrel HCS?).

Other side effects reported with Clopidogrel HCS are:

Common side effects (affects 1 to 10 patients in 100): Diarrhoea, abdominal pain, indigestion or heartburn.

Uncommon side effects (affects 1 to 10 patients in 1,000): Headache, stomach ulcer, vomiting, nausea, constipation, excessive gas in stomach or intestines, rashes, itching, dizziness, sensation of tingling and numbness.

Rare side effect (affects 1 to 10 patients in 10,000): Vertigo.

Very rare side effects (affects less than 1 patient in 10,000): Jaundice; severe abdominal pain with or without back pain; fever, breathing difficulties sometimes associated with cough; generalised allergic reactions; swelling in the mouth; blisters of the skin; skin allergy; inflammation of the mouth (stomatitis); decrease in blood pressure; confusion; hallucinations; joint pain; muscular pain; changes in the way things taste.

In addition, your doctor may identify changes in your blood or urine test results.

If any of the side effects gets serious, or if you notice any side effects not listed in this leaflet, please tell your doctor or pharmacist.

How should it be stored?

Keep out of the reach and sight of children.
Do not use Clopidogrel HCS after the expiry date which is stated on the carton and blister after EXP. The expiry date refers to the last day of that month.

Store in the original package in order to protect from moisture and light.

Medicines should not be disposed of via wastewater or household waste. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medicines no longer required. These measures will help to protect the environment.

Further information

What Clopidogrel HCS contains

  • The active substance is clopidogrel. Each film-coated tabletcontains 75 mg of clopidogrel (as hydrochloride).
  • The other ingredients are microcrystalline cellulose, colloidal anhydrous silica, crospovidone (type A), macrogol 6000, hydrogenated castor oil in the tablet core and hydroxypropylcellulose (E463), titanium dioxide (E171), red iron oxide (E172), talc and propylene glycol in the film-coating.

What Clopidogrel HCS looks like and contents of the pack

The film-coated tablets are pink, round and slightly convex.
Boxes of 28, 30, 50, 56, 84, 90 or 100 film-coated tablets in blisters or boxes of 28x1, 28x1 (calendar pack), 30x1, 50x1, 56x1, 84x1, 90x1 and 100x1 film-coated tablets in perforated unit dose blisters are available.

Not all pack sizes may be marketed.

Marketing Authorisation Holder

HCS bvba, H. Kennisstraat 53, B 2650 Edegem, Belgium

Manufacturer

KRKA, d.d., Novo mesto, ?marje?ka cesta 6, 8501 Novo mesto, Slovenia

For any information about this medicinal product, please contact the local representative of the Marketing Authorisation Holder

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