Clopidogrel Winthrop contains the medicine clopidogrel. Clopidogrel Winthrop belongs to a group of medicines called anti-platelet medicines.
Platelets are very small blood cells which clump together during blood clotting. By preventing this clumping, anti-platelet medicines reduce the chances of blood clots forming (a process called thrombosis).
Clopidogrel Winthrop is used to prevent blood clots forming in hardened blood vessels (a process known as atherothrombosis) which can lead to events such as stroke, heart attack or death.
You may have been prescribed Clopidogrel Winthrop to help prevent blood clots forming and to reduce the risk of stroke, heart attack and death because:
Your doctor may have prescribed this medicine for another use. If you want more information, ask your doctor.
Clopidogrel Winthrop is only available on a doctor's prescription.
You should not take Clopidogrel Winthrop if:
Do not take Clopidogrel Winthrop to treat any other complaint unless your doctor says it is safe. Do not give this medicine to anyone else.
Clopidogrel Winthrop is not recommended for children as its safety and effectiveness in children have not been established.
You must tell your doctor if:
If you have not told your doctor about any of the above, tell him/her before you start taking Clopidogrel Winthrop.
Some patients may not convert Clopidogrel Winthrop to its active form as well as other patients. These patients may not get the same benefit from Clopidogrel Winthrop. Your doctor may advise you to go for tests to determine if Clopidogrel Winthrop will adequately work for you. Based on the test results, your doctor may change your dose of Clopidogrel Winthrop or consider alternative treatments for you.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including any that you buy without a prescription from your pharmacy, supermarket or health food store.
Some medicines and Clopidogrel Winthrop may interfere with each other. These include:
These medicines may be affected by Clopidogrel Winthrop or affect how well Clopidogrel Winthrop works.
Your doctor may need to change the amount of your medicines, or you may need to take different medicines.
If you are unsure about any medicine you are taking you should check with your doctor or pharmacist. They will have more information on medicines to be careful with or avoid while taking Clopidogrel Winthrop.
Your doctor will tell you how many tablets to take each day. Take Clopidogrel Winthrop only as prescribed by your doctor and follow his or her directions carefully. They may differ from the information contained in this leaflet.
The usual dose of Clopidogrel Winthrop is one 75 mg tablet daily.
If you are prescribed Clopidogrel Winthrop for the treatment of Acute Coronary Syndrome, you may receive a starting dose of 300 mg (either one 300 mg tablet or four 75 mg tablets), then one 75 mg tablet daily.
You can take Clopidogrel Winthrop before or after meals. You should swallow the tablet with a glass of water.
Take Clopidogrel Winthrop at about the same time each day. Taking your tablet at the same time each day will have the best effect. It will also help you to remember when to take it.
You should take Clopidogrel Winthrop for as long as your doctor continues to prescribe it.
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the dose you missed and take your next dose when you are meant to.
If you are not sure what to do, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
If you have trouble remembering to take your medicine, ask your pharmacist for some hints.
Immediately telephone your doctor or the Poisons Information Centre (telephone 13 11 26), or go to the Emergency Department at your nearest hospital, if you think that you or anyone else may have taken too much Clopidogrel Winthrop. Do this even if there are no signs of discomfort or poisoning. You may need urgent medical attention.
Do not suddenly stop taking Clopidogrel Winthrop without telling your doctor.
Be careful driving or operating machinery until you know how Clopidogrel Winthrop affects you.
As with other medicines, Clopidogrel Winthrop may cause faintness or dizziness in some people. Make sure you know how you react to Clopidogrel Winthrop before you drive a car or operate machinery, or do anything else that could be dangerous if you are faint or dizzy. If this occurs, do not drive. If you drink alcohol, faintness or dizziness may be worse.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist as soon as possible if you do not feel well while you are taking Clopidogrel Winthrop tablets.
Like other medicines Clopidogrel Winthrop can cause some side effects. Most are likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and need medical attention.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist to answer any questions you may have.
Tell your doctor if you notice any of the following and they worry you:
Tell your doctor immediately if you notice any of the following:
(NOTE: If you take both Clopidogrel Winthrop and aspirin the risk of side effects related to bleeding may be increased.)
These could be more serious side effects - you may need urgent medical attention.
Other side effects not listed above may also occur in some patients. Tell your doctor if you notice any other effects.
Do not be alarmed by this list of side effects. Most people do not experience any of them.
Keep your tablets in the blister pack until it is time to take them.
If you take your tablets out of the box or blister pack they will not keep well.
Keep Clopidogrel Winthrop in a cool, dry place where the temperature stays below 25°C.
Heat and dampness can destroy some medicines. Do not leave Clopidogrel Winthrop in the car on hot days.
Do not store Clopidogrel Winthrop or any other medication in the bathroom or near a sink.
Keep Clopidogrel Winthrop where young children cannot reach it.
A locked cupboard at least one and a half metres above the ground is a good place to store medicines.
If your doctor tells you to stop taking Clopidogrel Winthrop, ask your pharmacist what to do with any tablets that are left over.
Clopidogrel Winthrop 75mg tablets come as pink round tablets with '75' engraved on one side and '1171' on the other. AUST R 148947.
A box contains 28 tablets.
Clopidogrel Winthrop 300mg tablets come as pink oblong tablets with '300' engraved on one side and '1332' on the other. AUST R 151274.
A box contains 30 tablets.
clopidogrel (75 or 300 mg)
hydrogenated castor oil
red iron oxide
Clopidogrel Winthrop is supplied in Australia by:
sanofi-aventis australia pty ltd
12-24 Talavera Rd,
Macquarie Park NSW 2113
This leaflet was prepared in April 2013.
® Clopidogrel Winthrop is a registered trademark of sanofi-aventis.