Clopidogrel is an anticoagulant forming part of the class of drugs known as platelet aggregation inhibitors. These drugs make it more difficult for platelets to clump together, reducing the risk of blood clots developing (thrombosis). Clopidogrel is prescribed following a heart attack or stroke or to treat angina (heart spasm), but also after an angioplasty procedure or the insertion of a stent.
Clopidogrel and the benefit of DNA analysis
The rate at which clopidogrel is metabolised within your body into an active component varies from one individual to another. This means that the efficacy and side effects of clopidogrel can be predicted to some extent on the basis of your genes. Preventive DNA analysis can therefore be an important tool in optimising your medication.
Also known as
Plavix, Duoplavin, Grepid, clopidogrel, clopidogrelum