COMPARISON OF LOADING DOSE OF 300mg VERSUS 600mg OF CLOPIDOGREL ON PLATELET AGGREGTION IN PATIENTS WITH CORONARYARTERY DISEASE
Keywords:Coronary Artery Disease, Copidogrel, Platelet Aggregation.
AbstractObjective: To study the effects of loading dose of 300mg versus 600mg of clopidogrel on platelet aggregation
in patients with coronary artery disease ( CAD).
Material and Methods: This study was conducted on patients with CAD, not already taking any anti-platelet
drugs, admitted in cardiology department Lady Reading Hospital from 1st June to 15th July 2005. Patients
were randomized into two groups. Baseline platelet aggregation was measured followed by oral clopidogrel
300mg (group A) or 600mg (group B). Platelet aggregation was measured serially at 2, 4 and 6 hours.
Results: Total number of patients was 52 (16 males & 36 females). In group A, the baseline mean platelet
aggregation was 2.36±1.5 ohms, there was significant difference at 2 hours i.e. 1.24 ±1.2 ohms (P<0.001), 4
hours i.e. 1.05 ± 1.05 ohms (P<0.001) and at 6 hours i.e. 0.71± 0.72 ohms (P< 0.001) as compared to baseline.
In group B, the baseline mean platelet aggregation was 2.32±1.98 ohms. There was significant difference in
platelet aggregation time at 2 hours i.e. 1.37±1.39 ohms (P< 0.001) 4 hours i.e. 0.92± 0.97 ohms (P<0.001) and
at 6 hours i.e. 0.35±0.61 ohms (P< 0.001) as compared to baseline. No significant difference was observed on
platelet aggregation in-group "A" and group "B" at 2 hours (P=0.479), 4 hours (P=0.858) and 6 hours
Conclusion: Clopidogrel 300mg as a loading dose is as effective as clopidogrel 600 mg in inhibiting platelet
aggregation in patients with coronary artery disease.