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Clopidogrel Adverse Effects

Clopidogrel Adverse Effects

What is clopidogrel (Plavix)?

Clopidogrel prevents platelets in your blood from sticking together to form an unwanted blood clot that could block an artery.

Clopidogrel is used to lower your risk of having a stroke, blood clot, or serious heart problem after you've had a heart attack, severe chest pain (angina), or circulation problems.

Clopidogrel may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

How should I take clopidogrel (Plavix)?

Follow all directions on your prescription label and read all medication guides or instruction sheets. Use these medicines exactly as directed.

Clopidogrel can be taken with or without food.

Clopidogrel is sometimes taken together with aspirin. Take aspirin only if your doctor tells you to.

Clopidogrel keeps your blood from coagulating (clotting) and can make it easier for you to bleed, even from a minor injury. Contact your doctor or seek emergency medical attention if you have any bleeding that will not stop.

Plavix in Cats

Plavix has been known to help decrease blood clots in cats.

Veterinarians prescribe it to help prevent feline aortic thromboembolism.

Talk to your veterinarian before giving your pet any drug, and follow your vet's directions carefully.

Plavix Side Effects

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

Clopidogrel and low-dose aspirin

Sometimes, you may be given both low-dose aspirin and clopidogrel. Taken together, they are very effective, but there is a higher risk of bleeding, usually in the gut. This risk increases with age. The key question for your doctor is whether the benefits outweigh the extra risk.

This combination treatment is prescribed for a limited period of time, usually up to a maximum of 12 months. After this period, your specialist will usually advise you to stop 1 of the 2 antiplatelet medications.

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