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Plavix® is commonly used to prevent platelets in your blood from sticking together and forming a blood clot. This is because unwanted blood clots can occur with certain heart or blood vessel conditions.
Plavix® is also used to prevent blood clots after a recent heart attack or stroke, and in people with certain disorders of the heart or blood vessels.
Plavix® may be prescribed for other uses; ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Plavix®.
Plavix® is best stored at room temperature away from direct light and moisture. To prevent drug damage, you should not store Plavix® in the bathroom or the freezer. There may be different brands of Plavix® that may have different storage needs. It is important to always check the product package for instructions on storage, or ask your pharmacist. For safety, you should keep all medicines away from children and pets.
You should not flush Plavix® down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. It is important to properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist for more details about how to safely discard your product.
Consult with your doctor or pharmacist, if:
There are no adequate studies in women for determining risk when using this Plavix® during pregnancy or while breastfeeding. Please always consult with your doctor to weigh the potential benefits and risks before taking Plavix®. Plavix® is pregnancy risk category B, according to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
FDA pregnancy risk category reference below:
Not known whether drug is excreted in breast milk.
Always consult your health care provider prior to using this medication if you are pregnant, breastfeeding.
Here are side effects:
Not everyone experiences these side effects. There may be some side effects not listed above. If you have any concerns about a side effect, please consult your doctor or pharmacist.
Plavix® may interact with other drugs that you are currently taking, which can change how your drug works or increase your risk for serious side effects. To avoid any potential drug interactions, you should keep a list of all the drugs you are using (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. For your safety, do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any drugs without your doctor’s approval.
Products may interact with Plavix® including:
Plavix® may interact with food or alcohol by altering the way the drug works or increase the risk for serious side effects. Please discuss with your doctor or pharmacist any potential food or alcohol interactions before using this drug.
Plavix® may interact with your health condition. This interaction may worsen your health condition or alter the way the drug works. It is important to always let your doctor and pharmacist know all the health conditions you currently have.
Some health conditions could interact with this drug including:
The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. You should ALWAYS consult with your doctor or pharmacist before using this medication.
Acute coronary syndrome
Recent MI, stroke, or established peripheral arterial disease
Coronary artery disease
75 mg by oral route daily.
Prophylaxis if patients are not candidate for oral anticoagulation.
75 mg/day by oral route.
Carotid artery stenting (Off-label)
300 mg by oral route plus aspirin 81-325 mg for 1 dose on day before carotid artery stenting (CAS), then 75 mg/day by oral route plus aspirin 81-325 mg/day for at least 30 days after CAS.
Alternative: 300-600 mg by oral route once, then 75 mg/day for 4 days before CAS in combination with aspirin 81-325 mg/day.
The dosage has not been established in pediatric patients. It may be unsafe for your child. It is always important to fully understand the safety of the drug before using. Please consult with your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
Plavix® is available in the following dosage forms and strengths:
In case of an emergency or an overdose, call your local emergency services or go to your nearest emergency room.
It is also important to carry a written list of all of the prescription and nonprescription (over-the-counter) medicines you are taking with you in case of emergencies.
If you miss a dose of Plavix®, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your regular dose as scheduled. Do not take a double dose.
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