Plavix Information - Side Effects, Drug Interactions, Conditions
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Plavix

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Plavix 75mg Tab
Bristol Myers Squibb Sanofi Pharmaceuticals Partnership
Pill Identification: 1171  |  75
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Plavix 300mg Tab
Overview Information on Plavix
Pharmacist Tip
Tell your doctor or dentist as soon as possible before you receive any medical or dental care, emergency treatment, or surgery. You may need to stop taking Plavix temporarily.     
Plavix® is the brand name for a prescription medicine called clopidogrel. Your doctor may have given you Plavix to treat a heart problem, poor circulation in your legs, or coronary artery disease. Plavix helps to prevent platelets from sticking together and forming a clot that can block a blood vessel. Platelets are blood cells that help your blood clot normally. Your doctor may have given you Plavix to take alone or with aspirin to lower your chance of having a serious problem with your heart or blood vessels, such as heart attack or stroke.

Your doctor also may treat you with Plavix if you have chest pain because of heart problems.

Plavix comes in 75 mg and 300 mg tablets. You may take Plavix with or without food. The strength of Plavix that your doctor prescribes for you depends on what medical condition your doctor is treating, as well as other conditions. Take Plavix at regular intervals around the same time each day.

If you miss a dose of Plavix, take the Plavix as soon as you remember, unless it is almost time for your next scheduled dose of Plavix.

Do not stop taking Plavix without talking with your doctor first. Stopping Plavix without your doctor's supervision may increase the risk of a stroke or heart attack.

Plavix is a blood thinner that can cause bleeding which could be serious. It is important for you to get emergency help right away if you have any bleeding that is unexpected or is taking a longer time to stop than you would expect.

While you take Plavix, you may notice that you bruise and bleed more easily. You may also notice that you have more nosebleeds while you take Plavix.

Contact your doctor if, while taking Plavix, you have signs or symptoms of serious bleeding, including:
  • Unexpected bleeding or bleeding that lasts a long time
  • Blood in your urine, making it appear red, pink, or brown
  • Red or black stools that look like tar
  • Unexplained bruises or bruises that get larger
  • Coughing up blood or blood clots
  • Vomiting blood or vomit that looks like coffee grounds
Other side effects of Plavix that require emergency help include:
  • Purplish spots (called purpura) that appear on the skin or in the mouth due to bleeding under the skin
  • Chest pain or a heavy feeling, pain spreading to the arm or shoulder, nausea, sweating, or a general ill feeling
  • Sudden numbness or weakness, especially on one side of the body
  • Sudden headache, confusion, or problems with balance, speech, or vision
  • Pale skin, weakness, or fever
  • Skin or the whites of your eyes turn yellow
  • Unusual bleeding, including from the nose, mouth, vagina, or rectum
Plavix is not right for everyone. Tell your doctor if you have an active bleeding condition including stomach ulcers. Tell your doctor if you have a history of bowel or stomach ulcers or a history of bleeding problems. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding.

Before taking Plavix, tell your doctor about any medicines you are taking. Plavix does not work well with many medicines, both prescription and over-the-counter. Tell your doctor if you take any vitamins or herbal supplements. Your doctor will want to make sure all your medicines are safe to take with Plavix.


Clinical Review by Jodi Grimm, RPh and Ann Ciemnoczolowski, MS, ELS on May 15, 2013
Plavix® is the brand name for a prescription medicine called clopidogrel. Your doctor may have given you Plavix to treat a heart problem, poor circulation in your legs, or coronary artery disease. Plavix helps to prevent platelets from sticking together and forming a clot that can block a blood vessel. Platelets are blood cells that help your blood clot normally. Your doctor may have given you Plavix to take alone or with aspirin to lower your chance of having a serious problem with your heart or blood vessels, such as heart attack or stroke.

Your doctor also may treat you with Plavix if you have chest pain because of heart problems.

Plavix comes in 75 mg and 300 mg tablets. You may take Plavix with or without food. The strength of Plavix that your doctor prescribes for you depends on what medical condition your doctor is treating, as well as other conditions. Take Plavix at regular intervals around the same time each day.

If you miss a dose of Plavix, take the Plavix as soon as you remember, unless it is almost time for your next scheduled dose of Plavix.

Do not stop taking Plavix without talking with your doctor first. Stopping Plavix without your doctor's supervision may increase the risk of a stroke or heart attack.

Plavix is a blood thinner that can cause bleeding which could be serious. It is important for you to get emergency help right away if you have any bleeding that is unexpected or is taking a longer time to stop than you would expect.

While you take Plavix, you may notice that you bruise and bleed more easily. You may also notice that you have more nosebleeds while you take Plavix.

Contact your doctor if, while taking Plavix, you have signs or symptoms of serious bleeding, including:
  • Unexpected bleeding or bleeding that lasts a long time
  • Blood in your urine, making it appear red, pink, or brown
  • Red or black stools that look like tar
  • Unexplained bruises or bruises that get larger
  • Coughing up blood or blood clots
  • Vomiting blood or vomit that looks like coffee grounds
Other side effects of Plavix that require emergency help include:
  • Purplish spots (called purpura) that appear on the skin or in the mouth due to bleeding under the skin
  • Chest pain or a heavy feeling, pain spreading to the arm or shoulder, nausea, sweating, or a general ill feeling
  • Sudden numbness or weakness, especially on one side of the body
  • Sudden headache, confusion, or problems with balance, speech, or vision
  • Pale skin, weakness, or fever
  • Skin or the whites of your eyes turn yellow
  • Unusual bleeding, including from the nose, mouth, vagina, or rectum
Plavix is not right for everyone. Tell your doctor if you have an active bleeding condition including stomach ulcers. Tell your doctor if you have a history of bowel or stomach ulcers or a history of bleeding problems. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding.

Before taking Plavix, tell your doctor about any medicines you are taking. Plavix does not work well with many medicines, both prescription and over-the-counter. Tell your doctor if you take any vitamins or herbal supplements. Your doctor will want to make sure all your medicines are safe to take with Plavix.


Clinical Review by Jodi Grimm, RPh and Ann Ciemnoczolowski, MS, ELS on May 15, 2013

CVS Patient Statistics for Plavix
Usage by Age
0.05%
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0.82%
20to40_base
22.24%
40to60_base
76.89%
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Most Commonly Used By CVS Patients
Usage by Gender
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45.27%
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male_fill_graph
54.73%
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