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Plavix with the generic name of Clopidogrel is an anti clotting medicine that works by preventing the platelets in the blood from clustering. Platelets are the substances found in the blood that are responsible for their coagulation. Blood coagulation is particularly useful in cases when there are breaks in the skin or when there is intense bleeding.
Plavix is mostly prescribed for patients suffering from or prone to
- Acute coronary heart syndromes;
- Blood clotting;
- Heart attacks;
- Stroke;

The mentioned diseases are most likely to occur when there is clotting of the blood in veins or in arteries, which is why an anti-coagulating agent like Plavix is introduced to thin the blood.


Due to the thinning effect Plavix has on the blood, it is strongly recommended that you talk to your doctor first before deciding to talk Plavix if you have any active bleeding on any part of your body whether internally or externally.
You must also take extra precaution if you have bleeding disorders such as:
- Blood or bleeding malfunctions;
- Liver problems;
- On the process of undergoing surgery including dental surgeries;
- Stomach or intestinal ulcers;

As taking of Plavix may cause further bleeding. Talk to your doctor for advice on dosage adjustments or temporary cessation of Plavix intake.
Plavix belongs to drugs labeled as Pregnancy Category B. This relatively means that it can cause harm to the baby when taken by pregnant women. Have a talk with your doctor prior to taking Plavix if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant. It is not yet established whether Plavix goes through breast milk but it is not recommended to take Plavix when you are breastfeeding.
When under the influence of Plavix, it may take a while for any bleeding to stop as the clotting action of the blood is inhibited.

Intake Guidelines

Plavix must be taken as directed by your Physician. Follow your doctor's directions and instructions to the letter.
Each dose of Plavix must be taken with a full glass of water of about 6-8 ounces.
Plavix is not a stomach irritant so it can be taken on a full or empty stomach.

Missed Dose

Clopidogrel must not be double dosed so when you happen to miss a dose, just forego that missed dose and proceed with the next one.


When the overdose symptoms such as
- Blood in the vomitus or in the stool;
- Difficulty in breathing;
- Vomiting;
- Weakening and exhaustion;

are visible, seek emergency medical attention immediately.


Avoid the following drugs without consulting your doctor first:
- Warfarin;
- Nsaids such as ibuprofen, naproxen, ketoprofen, indomethacin, diclofenac, etodolac, fenoprofen, flurbiprofen, nabumetone, oxaproxin, piroxicam, sulindac or tolmetin;
- Heparin, ardeparin, dalteparin, danaparoid, enoxaparin , tinzaparin;
- Aspirin;

These drugs are in themselves have anti-coagulating properties and drinking any of them together with Plavix may prove fatal.

Plavix may also have drug interactions with the following medicines:
- Fluvastatin;
- Phenytoin;
- Tamoxifen;
- Tolbutamide;
- Torsemide;

Taking these drugs along with Plavix must be first referred to your doctor.

Side Effects

Possible severe Side Effects of Plavix include
- Allergies such as difficulty in breathing, swelling of face, mouth, tongue and throat, hives;
- Blood tinged stools and excretions;
- Nose bleed;
- Severe headaches, dizziness and or confusion;
- Unexplainable and unusual bleeding or bruises;

Other minor side effect of Plavix may entail
- Diarrhea or constipation;
- Headaches and dizziness;
- Upset stomach;

Other Brand Names

In some countries Plavix may also be known as:
- Antiplaq;
- Artevil;
- Clodian;
- Cloflow;
- Clopact;
- Clopidogrel;
- Clopivas;
- Iscover;
- Iskimil;
- Nabratin;
- Nefazan;
- Noklot;
- Pleyar;
- Troken;
- Zyllt;
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