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Plavix Tablet

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Overview

Introduction

Plavix Tablet is an antiplatelet medicine or a blood thinner that helps to prevent the formation of harmful blood clots in your blood vessels. This helps to lower the chances of you getting a heart attack or stroke. It is a widely used medicine for heart protection.

Plavix Tablet is prescribed to people at high risk of heart disease. This includes people with peripheral vascular disease (blood circulation problems due to narrowing of blood vessels), recent heart attack or stroke, irregular heartbeats, and those who have undergone certain heart procedures like stenting. It is also used in combination with some other medicines for the treatment of heart attack and some types of heart-related chest pain (unstable angina).

This medicine may be taken with or without food and should be taken at the same time each day. It is important to keep taking this medicine even if you feel well. If you stop taking this medicine, it may increase your chance of having a heart attack or stroke.

The most common side effect seen with this medicine is bleeding. This may be in the form of bruising, nose bleeds, blood in urine or stools (black-colored stools), or heavier periods than usual in women. If you cut or injure yourself, it may take longer than usual for the bleeding to stop. Such episodes of bleeding are usually mild and resolve on their own. However, you should consult your doctor straight away if the bleeding persists or worries you.

This medicine is not suitable for some people. Do not take it if you are bleeding from anywhere in the body such as a stomach ulcer or bleeding within the brain, or if you have severe liver problems. Before taking it, you should let your doctor know if you have ever had a problem with your blood not clotting properly or if you have recently had a serious injury or surgery. This medicine may need to be stopped temporarily before planned surgery or dental treatment. Pregnant or breastfeeding women should also consult their doctor before taking it.

Uses of Plavix Tablet

  • Prevention of heart attack and stroke

Benefits of Plavix Tablet

In Prevention of heart attack and stroke

Plavix Tablet is an antiplatelet medicine, or blood thinner. It works by preventing cells called platelets from sticking together and helps to prevent your blood from clotting inside veins and arteries. This helps the blood flow freely around your body thereby preventing a heart attack or stroke (or deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolism). Take this medicine regularly and make appropriate lifestyle changes to achieve maximum benefits. It is often prescribed along with a low dose of aspirin which also helps to prevent blood from clotting.

Side effects of Plavix Tablet

Most side effects do not require any medical attention and disappear as your body adjusts to the medicine. Consult your doctor if they persist or if you’re worried about them

Common side effects of Plavix

  • Bleeding

How to cope with side effects?

The occurrence of side effects varies from person to person. The following are a few ways of dealing with some of the common side effects. However, consult your doctor if these persist.

  • Coping with Bleeding
    Hold a gauze over the area that is bleeding and apply pressure. Holding an ice pack to bruises may make them fade more quickly. Seek emergency help if you are bleeding profusely or if the bleeding doesn’t stop within 15 minutes. If you are bleeding more easily than normal, try to be careful when doing activities that might cause an injury or a cut, as it may take longer to stop bleeding. Use a soft toothbrush and waxed dental floss to clean your teeth. See a doctor if you're worried about any bleeding.

How to use Plavix Tablet

Take this medicine in the dose and duration as advised by your doctor. Swallow it as a whole. Do not chew, crush or break it. Plavix Tablet may be taken with or without food, but it is better to take it at a fixed time.

How Plavix Tablet works

Plavix Tablet is an antiplatelet medication. It works by preventing platelets from sticking together, thereby decreasing the formation of harmful blood clots. This lowers the chance of heart attack or stroke.

Safety Advice

Alcohol
CAUTION
Caution is advised when consuming alcohol with Plavix Tablet. Please consult your doctor.
Pregnancy
SAFE IF PRESCRIBED
Plavix Tablet is generally considered safe to use during pregnancy. Animal studies have shown low or no adverse effects to the developing baby; however, there are limited human studies.
Breastfeeding
SAFE IF PRESCRIBED
Plavix Tablet is probably safe to use during breastfeeding. Limited human data suggests that the drug does not represent any significant risk to the baby.
Driving
SAFE
Plavix Tablet does not usually affect your ability to drive.
Kidney
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
There is limited information available on the use of Plavix Tablet in patients with kidney disease. Please consult your doctor.
Liver
SAFE IF PRESCRIBED
Plavix Tablet is safe to use in patients with liver disease. No dose adjustment of Plavix Tablet is recommended.

What if you forget to take Plavix Tablet?

If you miss a dose of Plavix Tablet, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular schedule. Do not double the dose.

Alternate Brands

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Quick Tips

  • For best results, take it at the same time every day.
  • Plavix Tablet increases your risk of bleeding. Be careful while shaving, using sharp objects, or cutting fingernails or toenails.
  • Do not discontinue using the medicine without consulting your doctor as this may increase your chances of having another heart attack or stroke.
  • If you are scheduled to undergo a surgery or dental treatment, you may be asked to stop taking Plavix Tablet temporarily.

Fact Box

Chemical Class
Alpha amino acid esters
Habit Forming
No

Interaction with Drugs

Taking Plavix with any of the following medicines can modify the effect of either of them and cause some undesirable side effects
Brand(s): Hibor
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Brand(s): Fragmin, Daltehep, Dalpin
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Brand(s): Celparin
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Patient Concerns

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Fast symbol of heart attack and stroke
Dr. Nabajit Talukdar
Cardiology
risk factors undue fatigue chest pain etc
I have block in heart and is there any med in homeo? I am taking Echospirin 150 and plavix 75 I am having acidity after taking those english med.
Dr. Saurav Arora
Homeopathy
Dear sir for acidity I can prescribe you medicines. For blockage in heart you need to visit doctor and take treatment under supervision
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FAQs

Q. What is Plavix used for?

Plavix is used to prevent formation of blood clots, thus reducing the risk of heart attacks or stroke. It facilitates smooth circulation of blood in the body by reducing the ability of the platelets to stick together, that could otherwise lead to formation of harmful clots in hardened blood vessels.

Q. Is Plavix a blood thinner?

Yes, Plavix is an antiplatelet medicine which is also known as a blood thinner. It makes your blood flow more easily through your blood vessels and prevents formation of harmful blood clots. This lowers your chances of heart attack or stroke.

Q. When should you take Plavix?

You should take Plavix exactly as prescribed by the doctor. You can take it with or without food, at any time of the day. However, it is important to take it regularly at the same time each day for best results. This will also help you to remember to take it daily.

Q. Does Plavix affect blood pressure?

Yes, Plavix may rarely cause a decrease in blood pressure as a side effect. However, this is very rare and does not affect everyone. Consult your doctor if you feel dizzy, lightheaded, weak or have a blurred vision. These are signs and symptoms of low blood pressure and therefore, you should contact your doctor immediately.

Q. Who should not take Plavix?

Plavix is not recommended for people who are allergic to it, have severe liver disease, have stomach ulcers, bleeding in the brain, or have a bleeding disorder known as hemophilia (disease in which blood does not clot normally). Additionally, avoid taking Plavix if you are trying to get pregnant, already pregnant, or breastfeeding.

Q. Can I take alcohol with Plavix?

Yes, you can take alcohol with Plavix. However, excessive intake of alcohol should be avoided as it can irritate the inner lining of the stomach and this increases the risk of developing a stomach ulcer later.

Q. Can Omeprazole be taken along with Plavix?

Omeprazole ( a proton pump inhibitor or PPI used to treat and prevent indigestion) may interfere with the working of Plavix and reduce the effect of Plavix. Your doctor may prescribe an alternate PPI like lansoprazole, if you suffer from indigestion or if they judge that it would be beneficial to you. You should let your doctor know about all the medicines that have been prescribed to you before starting Plavix. Always consult your doctor before taking any medicine.

Q. What are the side effects of taking Plavix?

The most common side effect of Plavix is bleeding. This may lead to bruising on the skin, nosebleeds, blood in the urine or stools (black tarry stools), or heavier periods than usual in females. Rarely, bleeding may also occur in the head, eyes, lungs, or joints and may even be severe. In case you have a minor injury, such as a small cut while shaving, bleeding may take longer than usual to stop. Get emergency medical help if the bleeding is profuse, does not stop on it’s own, or bothers you. Other side effects of Plavix that may be seen occasionally in some people include diarrhea, abdominal pain, indigestion or heartburn. Please consult your doctor if any of these side effects persist or worry you.

Q. What will happen if I stop taking Plavix?

If you stop taking Plavix suddenly, your chances of heart attack or stroke may increase. These conditions can be fatal. Do not stop taking it without talking to your doctor, otherwise your condition may worsen. Continue taking Plavix for as long as prescribed by your doctor to get maximum benefit.

Q. How long does it take Plavix to start working? How long do I need to take it?

Clopiogrel starts working within 2 hours of taking it. Continue taking it as long as your doctor has advised you. You may have to take it for a few weeks or months, or you may have to take it for the rest of your life.

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