Plavix (Clopidogrel Bisulfate)
What is Plavix (Clopidogrel Bisulfate) used for?
Plavix (Clopidogrel Bisulfate) is an anticoagulant medication used to reduce the risk of further problems caused by blood clots after heart attacks, strokes, or to prevent atherothrombotic events associated with peripheral arterial disease. It operates by preventing the action of platelets in the blood that form clots. This action may also make it useful for reducing the risk of other similar conditions such as unstable angina or a heart attack. Your doctor may prescribe this medicine to be used along with others or for the treatment of other unlisted conditions.
How should I use Plavix (Clopidogrel Bisulfate)?
Always use Plavix (Clopidogrel Bisulfate) strictly according to your doctor`s instructions to get the safest and most effective results from treatment. Most patients are prescribed one tablet to be taken once each day, but your individual directions will depend on your age, weight, current health, the condition being treated, and the severity of your symptoms. These doses should be swallowed with a large glass of water and may be taken on an empty stomach. A meal or snack may be recommended before use if you experience nausea or an upset stomach. Avoid splitting or crushing the tablets before using them as this may destroy or change their effects. Ask your doctor any questions you have about using the medicine to ensure the correct administration.
What are the side effects of Plavix (Clopidogrel Bisulfate)?
Plavix (Clopidogrel Bisulfate) may lead to side effects in some patients such as:
Immediately stop using the medication and contact your doctor if any serious or worrying symptoms occur including sensitive skin, easier bruising, severe nausea, coughing up blood or a substance resembling coffee grounds, nosebleeds, uncontrolled bleeding, darkened or tarry stools, symptoms of a heart attacks, or signs of a stroke. These conditions may require lower doses, reduced frequency of administration, or immediate medical attention in serious or life threatening cases to prevent more complications from occurring.
Plavix (Clopidogrel Bisulfate) should not be used by patients who are pregnant, breastfeeding, lactose intolerant, under the age of eighteen, or who have active bleeding, a peptic ulcer, or within the first week following an ischaemic stroke. Also disclose if you have moderate liver disease, reduced kidney function, or if you are taking other medications that increase the risk of bleeding. These conditions may cause unexpected health problems requiring special alterations to your regimen.
Strictly use Plavix (Clopidogrel Bisulfate) as prescribed and follow all instructions provided by your doctor. Safe, suitable, and optimum dosage can vary and is dependent on the patient`s health and medical history, as well as the condition you are treating.
Plavix (Clopidogrel Bisulfate) may not be safe or suitable for all patients. Always ensure your doctor is informed if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, using any other type of medication (including non-prescription medicine, vitamins, and supplements), as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or pre-existing medication conditions.
Seek immediate medical attention or proceed to your nearest accident and emergency department if you suffer a hypersensitive or allergic reaction. Symptoms usually present during a reaction of this nature include difficulty breathing or swallowing, swelling of the limbs or face, tight chest, hives, and skin rashes.