Clopidogrel bisulfate is the main component in the medicine called Plavix.
Plavix for oral administration is provided in the form of tablets containing 75 mg of clopidogrel or tablets containing 300 mg of clopidogrel.
Plavix medication is indicated for the treatment of acute states such as coronary syndrome (CS), to reduce the rate of myocardial infarction and stroke in patients with unstable angina. It should be administered with aspirin to increase the needed effects.
The medicine is also prescribed for patients with high risks of myocardial infarction or stroke, recent or previous history of infarction, stroke or with peripheral arterial disease.
The absorption of the medicine is very rapid and not affected by food intake.
Important Plavix information
The medicine Plavix may work not properly in certain people who have genetic factors or take certain other medications like Nexium or Prilosex for stomach acid problems.
The medicine can also cause bleeding in the stomach and sometimes very dangerous health conditions. While taking Plavix some patients experience bruising easily, bleeding easily or more than normal. The warning signs of the improper work of the medicine or side effects of Plavix are unexpected bleeding or blood in the urine, red or black stools, coughing up or vomiting blood or blood clots. These signs should be immediately reported to a doctor.
If the treatment with Plavix does not cause any side effects or unwanted health consequences, then a patient should continue it and do not stop without first asking a doctor.
Plavix is available with prescription only and should be used only under a doctor’s supervision. Regular visits to a doctor are necessary when you taken Plavix.
The medicine can be used in people who have chest pain due to heart problems, poor blood circulation in the legs, a have heart attack, stroke, blood clots and other serious health conditions.
Plavix is used alone or with aspirin to reduce the risks of development of other serious health problems and death.
Some patients should not use Plavix as this medicine can be dangerous for them. For instance, patients who have a history of stomach bleeding or stomach ulcers, who are allergic to the main and other components in Plavix, who are pregnant or plan to conceive. It is also not known if Plavix can pass into the breast milk, so breast feeding women should not use this medicine without first consulting a doctor.
It is important to inform your doctor if you take other medicines which can thin your blood. Taking Plavix with other blood thinners may increase the risk of bleeding. This especially refers to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medicines including aspirin, ibuprofen and others. Besides, warfarin and selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and serotonin norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs) should not be used together with Plavix.
Plavix should be used exactly as a doctor prescribes you. The dose of the medicine should be properly adjusted by a medical professional. The medicine may be used with or without aspirin. Ask your doctor for more information.
If you need a surgery, it is necessary to inform your doctor about it beforehand. The use of Plavix is usually discontinued about 5 days before having a surgical procedure.