Plavix (Clopidogrel) is used in the prevention and treatment of heart attack, stroke, blood clots, and acute coronary syndrome. Plavix is a sensational antiplatelet product prescribed to millions worldwide.
Plavix may also be marketed as:
Ceruvin, Clopidogrel, Clopilet, Clopivas.
*Plavix® is manufactured by Sanofi-Aventis.
Clopidogrel helps to prevent blood clots. It reduces the chance of having a heart attack or a stroke in people who have already had a heart attack or a stroke. Clopidogrel can also decrease the chance of a heart attack or stroke in certain groups of people at high risk for these events.
Take Clopidogrel tablets orally. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Swallow the tablets with a glass of water. Do not take your medicine more often than directed.
Side effects that you should report to your prescriber or health care professional as soon as possible: More common: red or purple spots on the skin Rare or less common:; black, tarry stools; blood from vomiting; blood in urine or stools; nosebleed; skin rash or itching (hives); stomach pain; unusual bleeding or bruising; unusually heavy menstrual bleeding; sudden weakness. Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your prescriber or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome); diarrhea; indigestion (heartburn); mild stomach upset.
Visit your prescriber or health care professional for regular checks on your progress. Do not stop taking clopidogrel except on your prescriber's advice. Ask your prescriber or health care professional before you take non-prescription pain relievers. Do not take aspirin, aspirin-containing products, or antiinflammatory drugs such as ibuproben (e.g, Motrin), ketoprofen (Orudis), naproxen (e.g., Aleve) unless directed to do so by your prescriber or health care professional. If you are going to have surgery, tell your prescriber or health care professional that you are taking clopidogrel.
Aspirin; blood thinners such as warfarin or enoxaparin; antiinflammatory drugs such as NSAIDs (e.g., ibuprofen); cilostazol; dipyridamole; DHEA; feverfew; fish oil (omega-3 fatty acids) supplements; garlic; ginger; ginkgo biloba; horse chestnut; fluvastatin; phenytoin; prasterone; tamoxifen; ticlopidine; tolbutamide; torsemide. Tell your prescriber or health care professional about all other medicines you are taking, including non-prescription medicines. Also tell your prescriber or health care professional if you are a frequent user of drinks with caffeine or alcohol, if you smoke, or if you use illegal drugs. These may affect the way your medicine works. Check with your physician or health care professional before stopping or starting any of your medicines.
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.
Keep out of the reach of children in a container that small children cannot open. Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.