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Clopidogrel hypersensitivity: clinical challenges and options for management.
Cardiology Faculty Papers
  • Kimberly L Campbell, Thomas Jefferson University
  • John R Cohn, Thomas Jefferson University
  • Michael P Savage, Thomas Jefferson University
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Publication Date
7-1-2010
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This article has been peer reviewed. It is the authors' final version prior to publication in Expert Review of Clinical Pharmacology

Volume 3, Issue 4, July 2010, Pages 553-561.

The published version is available at DOI: 10.1586/ecp.10.30. Copyright © Expert Reviews Ltd.

Abstract
Over 90 million patients have been prescribed clopidogrel since its US FDA approval in 1997. Clopidogrel hypersensitivity affects up to 6% of patients, most commonly in the form of a pruritic rash. Symptoms are severe enough to result in drug discontinuation in 1.5% of patients. Premature discontinuation of clopidogrel is problematic following percutaneous coronary intervention because of the risk of stent thrombosis leading to myocardial infarction and death. Accordingly, the management of patients with clopidogrel hypersensitivity is of significant clinical importance. Conventional clopidogrel desensitization protocols, while successful in most patients, employ a washout period off medication to enable accurate detection of a reaction during the desensitization. However, interruption of therapy is potentially hazardous in patients with recent stent placement. Our clinical experience demonstrates that clopidogrel hypersensitivity can be successfully treated without drug interruption using short-course corticosteroids and antihistamines to enable the development of physiologic tolerance while the medication is continued. The role of newer agents, such as prasugrel, as surrogate therapy in patients with clopidogrel hypersensitivity is yet to be defined.
Citation Information
Kimberly L Campbell, John R Cohn and Michael P Savage. "Clopidogrel hypersensitivity: clinical challenges and options for management." (2010)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/michael_savage/1/