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Another Name For Clopidogrel

Another Name For Clopidogrel

Highlights for clopidogrel

Clopidogrel oral tablet is available as both a generic and brand-name drug. Brand name: Plavix.

Clopidogrel only comes in the form of a tablet you take by mouth.

Clopidogrel is used to prevent heart attack and stroke. It’s prescribed for people who have had a recent heart attack or stroke, or who have peripheral arterial disease (poor circulation in the legs).


Clopidogrel is used to prevent heart attacks and strokes in persons with heart disease (recent heart attack), recent stroke, or blood circulation disease (peripheral vascular disease).

It is also used with aspirin to treat new/worsening chest pain (new heart attack, unstable angina) and to keep blood vessels open and prevent blood clots after certain procedures (such as cardiac stent).

Plavix Dosage

Most people take Plavix once a day.

It's a good idea to take this drug with food and lots of water in order to reduce the side effects.

Never stop taking Plavix without talking to your doctor.

Most people with unstable angina or heart attack begin with a 300-mg dose, followed by 75 mg once a day, taken together with 75 to 325 mg of aspirin.

Plavix Warnings

Since Plavix is designed to keep your platelets from coagulating and forming blood clots, it increases the likelihood that you might bleed, even if your injury is minor.

It's important that your doctor perform blood tests before you use this medicine to make sure that you don't have any genetic conditions that would make it dangerous for you to take Plavix.

If you have a stomach ulcer or a head injury that has caused bleeding in the brain, you should not use Plavix.

If you're planning to have any type of surgery or dental work, make sure your doctor is aware that you're using Plavix well in advance of the procedure.

Plavix Side Effects

  • Itching
  • Eczema
  • Rash
  • Head or joint pain
  • Bruising
  • Diarrhea
  • Fever
  • Skin redness
  • Taste problems

Warnings for people with certain health conditions

For people with active bleeding: You shouldn’t take clopidogrel if you have an active bleed (brain bleed) or a medical condition that causes bleeding (such as a stomach or bowel ulcer). Clopidogrel prevents clotting and increases your risk of bleeding.

For people with an allergy to thienopyridines: If you’ve ever had an allergic reaction to any kind of thienopyridine, you shouldn’t take clopidogrel.

For people with a recent stroke: You shouldn’t take this drug with aspirin if you’ve recently had a stroke. It can increase your risk of serious bleeding.

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