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Plavix Patient Information Including Side Effects
Brand Names: Plavix
Generic Name: clopidogrel (Pronunciation: kloe PID oh grel)
- What is clopidogrel (Plavix)?
- What are the possible side effects of clopidogrel (Plavix)?
- What is the most important information I should know about clopidogrel (Plavix)?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking clopidogrel (Plavix)?
- How should I take clopidogrel (Plavix)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (Plavix)?
- What happens if I overdose (Plavix)?
- What should I avoid while taking clopidogrel (Plavix)?
- What other drugs will affect clopidogrel (Plavix)?
- Where can I get more information?
What is clopidogrel (Plavix)?
Clopidogrel keeps the platelets in your blood from coagulating (clotting) to prevent unwanted blood clots that can occur with certain heart or blood vessel conditions.
Clopidogrel is used to prevent blood clots after a recent heart attack or stroke, and in people with certain disorders of the heart or blood vessels.
Clopidogrel may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide.
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What are the possible side effects of clopidogrel (Plavix)?
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Stop using clopidogrel and call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:
- nosebleed or other bleeding that will not stop;
- bloody or tarry stools, blood in your urine;
- coughing up blood or vomit that looks like coffee grounds;
- chest pain or heavy feeling, pain spreading to the arm or shoulder, nausea, sweating, general ill feeling;
- sudden numbness or weakness, especially on one side of the body;
- sudden headache, confusion, problems with vision, speech, or balance;
- pale skin, weakness, fever, or jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes); or
- easy bruising, unusual bleeding (nose, mouth, vagina, or rectum), purple or red pinpoint spots under your skin.
Less serious side effects may include itching.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Read the Plavix (clopidogrel bisulfate) Side Effects Center for a complete guide to possible side effects »
What is the most important information I should know about clopidogrel (Plavix)?
Clopidogrel keeps your blood from coagulating (clotting) to prevent unwanted blood clots that can occur with certain heart or blood vessel conditions. Because of this drug action, clopidogrel can make it easier for you to bleed, even from a minor injury. Contact your doctor or seek emergency medical attention if you have bleeding that will not stop.
You may also have bleeding on the inside of your body, such as in your stomach or intestines. Call your doctor at once if you have black or bloody stools, or if you cough up blood or vomit that looks like coffee grounds. These could be signs of bleeding in your digestive tract.
Avoid drinking alcohol. It may increase your risk of bleeding in your stomach or intestines.
If you need surgery or dental work, tell the surgeon or dentist ahead of time that you are using clopidogrel. You may need to stop using the medicine for at least 5 days before having surgery, to prevent excessive bleeding. Follow your doctor's instructions and start taking clopidogrel again as soon as possible.
While you are taking clopidogrel, do not take aspirin or other NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) without your doctor's advice. NSAIDs include ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), naproxen (Aleve, Naprosyn, Naprelan, Treximet), celecoxib (Celebrex), diclofenac (Cataflam, Voltaren), indomethacin (Indocin), meloxicam (Mobic), and others.
Tell your doctor about all other medicines you use to prevent blood clots.
Additional Plavix Information
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