Plavix (Plavix; generic name Clopidogrel) from Bristol-Myers Squibb is prescribed to reduce the risk of heart attack, stroke, and serious circulation problems in people with hardening of the arteries or unstable angina (dangerous chest pain), and in people who've already suffered a heart attack or stroke.
Plavix is used for reducing the risk of stroke or heart attack in patients who have already had a heart attack or stroke, or have other circulatory problems due to narrowing and hardening of the arteries. Plavix also may be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.
Plavix is a platelet aggregation inhibitor. Clopidogrel works by slowing or stopping platelets from sticking to blood vessel walls or injured tissues.
Take Plavix only as directed by your doctor. Clopidogrel will not work properly if you take less of it than directed. Taking more Clopidogrel than directed may increase the chance of serious side effects without increasing the helpful effects.
All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most common side effects persist or become bothersome:
Easy bruising; or minor bleeding.
Seek medical attention right away if any of these severe side effects occur:
Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); bleeding in the eye; change in vision; change in the amount of urine; chest pain; dark or bloody urine; black, tarry stools, unusual or severe bleeding (eg, excessive bleeding from cuts, increased menstrual bleeding, unexplained vaginal bleeding, unusual bleeding from the gums when brushing); loss of appetite; pale skin; seizures; severe, persistent headache; sore throat or fever; speech problems; unusual bruising; weakness; unexplained weight loss; yellowing of skin or eyes.
The dose of Clopidogrel may be different for different patients. Follow your doctor's orders or the directions on the label. The following information includes only the average dose of Clopidogrel. If your dose is different, do not change it unless your doctor tells you to do so.
Adults — 1 tablet (75 milligrams [mg]) once a day.
Children — It is not likely that Clopidogrel would be used to help prevent heart attacks or strokes in children. If a child needs this medicine, however, the dose would have to be determined by the doctor.
Missed dose of Plavix:
If you miss a dose of this medicine, 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 dosing schedule. Do not double doses.
Storage - To store Plavix:
Keep out of the reach of children.
Store away from heat and direct light.
Do not store in the bathroom, near the kitchen sink, or in other damp places. Heat or moisture may cause the medicine to break down.
Do not keep outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed. Be sure that any discarded medicine is out of the reach of children.