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Plavix is an anti-platelet prescription medicine that stops platelets from sticking to each other and forming blood clots. This drug is found effective in the treatment of coronary artery disease, peripheral vascular disease and cerebrovascular disease. A clot can block a blood vessel resulting in cutting off the blood supply to an important part of the body. This drug helps in maintaining the flow of blood in patients having heart problems and peripheral arterial disease. Plavix is commonly used to prevent blood clots in patients who have suffered strokes or heart attacks in the past. This medication is approved by most of the drug regulatory authorities of different countries.
Plavix should be administered exactly as per the doctor’s prescription. Patients must not adjust the dosage of the drug on their own and must strictly follow the listed usage instructions:
Plavix or Clopidogrel is available in 75mg and 300 mg strength. The right dosage of the drug is determined by the doctor depending upon the medical history of the patient, response to the treatment and age. The dose of Plavix is determined depending upon the condition for which it is recommended.
A missed dose of Clopidogrel can be consumed when one remembers it. If the time for next dose is approaching then the patients can skip the missed dose and continue with the normal dose. Double dose of the drug is strictly not recommended.
Overdose of Plavix may result in bleeding complications and thus, patients must seek medical attention immediately. A platelet blood transfusion may be given to patients to restore the blood's ability to clot. Treatments may vary as per the symptoms and problems that arise due to the overdose.
Proper storage of Plavix must be ensured to maintain its effectiveness.
There are few vital facts associated with Clopidogrel which the patients must be aware of while administering this drug.
Plavix or Clopidogrel may cause some unwanted side effects. Most of the side effects are common and usually disappear after the regular usage of the medication. Some of the common side effects associated with the drug include:
Some of the serious side effects are also associated with Clopidogrel. Patients experiencing any of the given serious side effects must immediately consult the doctor.
Patients must keep in mind that while taking Plavix they may bruise and bleed more easily.
In clinical studies it has been determined that Plavix along with certain drugs may cause serious medical problems. The patients are advised not to take Clopidogrel along with proton pump inhibitors and NSAID (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug). Following medications are known to reduce the effect of Plavix:
Patients must make sure that the doctor knows about all prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements that are being administered by them.