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Plavix (Clopidogrel) can be prescribed to patients who are at risk for heart attacks. Plavix can help prevent heart attacks and strokes in persons who have recently had a heart attack, a recent stroke, or have a blood circulation disease. Plavix, also know by it's generic name Clopidogrel is an antiplatelet medication to help block blood platelets from clumping together and forming blood clots to improve blood flow..
Plavix (Clopidogrel) is taken orally once a day with or without food. Regular use of this medication will have the best results. Taking Plavix at the same time each day builds a routine so you can avoid missing a dose.
Dose strengths are dependant on your initial condition and response to the treatment. There can also be cases where you may be required to take aspirin with Plavix. Work with your doctor closely to follow any directions regarding dose strength or how to use additional medications while taking Plavix.
Avoid grapefruit and grapefruit juice as it can reduce the effectiveness of Plavix and increase the chance of side effects.
Speak with your doctor about known allergies, and any prior medical history regarding stomach ulcers, recent surgery, liver disease or blood diseases. Take care to examine any medication you are currently taking along with any supplements to avoid interactions.
Alcohol can cause bleeding in the stomach. Limit your use of the substance or speak with your doctor regarding the acceptable use of alcohol while taking Plavix. Avoid contact sports or any situations where you could be injured and cause bleeding during treatment.
Some side effects can include:
purple colored spots in the mouth or bleeding under the skin, jaundice, fatigue, pale skin, high body temperature, tachycardia, or fast heart rate, difficulty breathing, headache, difficulty understanding speech and language, confusion, coma, stroke, seizure, low urine output, abdominal pain, nausea, diarrhea, vision loss
More serious side effects can also include:
unexplained or persistent bleeding, blood in the urine that changes the color pink, brown, or red, red or tar-black stools, unexplained, growing bruises, coughing up or vomiting blood
Speak with your doctor if any side effects become too severe while being treated with Plavix for help managing the side effects. If you experience any serious side effects speak with your doctor for additional treatment.
Q: Can I take while pregnant or breast feeding?
A: Consult your doctor regarding the risk involved during pregnancy. There is not enough medical data to know if Clopidogrel can pass into the breast milk. It is best to speak with your doctor before using Plavix while breast feeding.
Q: What happens if I miss a dose?
A: Take your missed dose as soon as you remember. If your missed dose is close to your next scheduled dose, skip it and take the next scheduled dose to avoid any overlap.
Q: How should I store Plavix?
A: This medication is stored at room temperature and should be kept away from children and pets. Do not throw this medication in wastewater and speak with a local pharmacist on safe ways to dispose of unwanted or expired medication.
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