Clopidogrel is a medication given to inhibit platelets from aggregating in the blood. Platelets in the blood respond to injury by clotting, but they may clot more in some pets than others. Clotting in the blood may lead to blockage of blood flow and cause cell death due to the lack of oxygen reaching a certain area. Clopidogrel helps to inhibit the clotting of platelets.
Because of the lack of clotting in the blood, clopidogrel increases the risk of bleeding in your pet due to your pet’s lack of being able to clot efficiently.
Potential adverse effects:
increased risk of bleeding
Adverse effects may be alleviated when giving clopidogrel with food.
Because of the increased risk of bleeding, it is important to monitor your pet for any bleeding or black, tarry stools, and report any signs to your pet's veterinarian. Black stool can indicate a bleed in the upper gastrointestinal tract.
It is important to give your pet this medication exactly as prescribed and to not discontinue the drug without consulting with your pet's veterinarian. If you miss giving your pet the dose, give it to him as soon as you remember. If it is close to the next dose, skip the missed dose and continue on your normal schedule. If you are unsure about when to give a missed dose, contact your pet's veterinarian.
You can find a human-labeled package insert which provides more detailed information on Clopidogrel's indications, forms of administration, and side effects along with other clinical information by following the link below.
This information is written for product use in people, but may be helpful to you when giving the Clopidogrel Tabelts to your pet.
Clopidogrel is sold as a FDA approved generic drug. Brand varies from order to order and variation to variation. The provided link is directed to the brand available at the time of this publication. VetRxDirect is unable to guarantee which brand will be available at the time of order shipment.
Clopidogrel's package insert does not take the place of instructions from your pet's veterinarian. Talk to your pet's veterinarian if you do not understand any of the information provided in this document or if you have any questions about Clopidogrel Tablets for Dogs and Cats.
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Q:Is this tablet scored to allow prescribing a lower dose? If so, it is a single or double scored tablet?
A:This tablet is not scored at all.
Q:I gave my cat another dose by mistake this evening, she already had her dose this morning, what should I watch for?
A:The adverse events of clopidogrel include vomiting, diarrhea and bleeding. Clopidogrel can be given with or without food, however, administering the dose with food may help alleviate the gastrointestinal adverse events. Bleeding from clopidogrel is not likely in cats, but if your cats were to show signs of bleeding such as black tarry stools, contact your veterinarian immediately.
Q:My cat wont swallow the tablet, can I crush it to mix with food?
A:Yes, clopidogrel tablets are okay to crush and mix with your cat’s food. Also, it is important to try to incorporate the crushed tablets into a small amount of food so your cat can ingest the full dose of the medication. If incorporated into a full bowl of food, your pet may not finish all of it and therefore not obtain the proper dose of his or her medication.
Q:How many tablets come in a bottle for $3.99?
Q:How would you describe the main difference between Plavix and Clopidogrel?
A:Clopidogrel is the generic equivalent to Plavix. The main active pharmaceutical ingredient, clopidogrel, is the same in both the Plavix and clopidogrel tablets, but inactive ingredients may differ.