Plavix is a prescription medication that 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).
Plavix is proven to help keep platelets from sticking together and forming clots. This enables blood to flow more easily, helping to reduce the risk of a future heart attack or stroke.
Plavix is prescribed to help prevent blood clots forming and to reduce the risk of stroke, heart attack and death in patients who have previously suffered a heart attack, stroke or have a condition known as peripheral arterial disease.
Plavix in combination with aspirin is also recommended for people who have Acute Coronary Syndrome (ACS), a diagnosis that includes heart-related chest pain (unstable angina) and the 2 types of heart attack - acute ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction and non-ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction.
Follow the directions for using this medicine provided by your doctor. Take Plavix exactly as directed.
The usual dose of Plavix is one 75 mg tablet daily. Plavix may be taken with or without food. For patients who have Acute Coronary Syndrome (ACS), Plavix should be taken together with aspirin as directed by your doctor.
Take Plavix 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.
Taking your daily dose ensures that the medicine is in your bloodstream every day, helping protect you from a future heart attack or stroke by inhibiting potentially dangerous clot formation.
If you do accidentally miss a day, do not double up on your medicine, just continue your usual dose.
Store at room temperature between 59 and 86 degrees F (15-30 degrees C) away from sunlight and moisture.
Stomach pain, diarrhea, headache or dizziness might occur.
If these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor promptly.
Unlikely but report promptly black stools, "coffee-ground" appearing vomit, chest pain, swelling, unusual bleeding or bruising, trouble breathing, rash or itching.
Very unlikely but report promptly fever or persistent sore throat, mood changes, vision problems or fainting.
If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
Before using this drug, tell your doctor your medical history, including any allergies (especially drug allergies), ulcers, abnormal bleeding or blood disorders, serious injury, recent surgery or liver disease.
Limit alcohol intake, as it may aggravate certain side effects of this medicine, especially stomach bleeding.
Use caution operating machinery or performing hazardous tasks as this medicine can cause dizziness.
Tell your doctor if you are pregnant before using this medication.
It is not known whether this drug is excreted into breast milk.
Breast-feeding is not recommended while using this medicine.
Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you remember.
If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule.
Do not "double-up" the dose to catch up.
Tell your doctor of all nonprescription and prescription medication you may use, especially aspirin or NSAIDs (aspirin-like drugs such as ibuprofen or naproxen), blood-thinners (e.g., warfarin, heparin, enoxaparin).
Also, report use of phenytoin, tamoxifen, tolbutamide, torsemide or fluvastatin.
Some conditions may be treated with clopidogrel in combination with aspirin if so directed.
Consult your doctor or pharmacist.
Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.
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