Plavix (Clopidogrel Bisulfate)
What is Plavix (Clopidogrel Bisulfate) used for?
Plavix (Clopidogrel Bisulfate) is used by patients who have recently had a heart attack and suffer from heart disease or blood disease, to prevent the occurrence of heart attacks and strokes. This drug is also given together with asthma to patients who have undergone surgery to prevent blood clots. By blocking certain substances in the blood (platelets) and preventing them from coagulating , it can help to improve blood flow and prevent blood clots.
How should I use Plavix (Clopidogrel Bisulfate)?
A standard dose of Plavix (Clopidogrel Bisulfate) is 75mg per day. You may take these tablets with food or on an empty stomach. Patients should note that the dosage is dependent on response to treatment, and it is essential to only take the amount prescribed to you by your physician. Patients using this medication to stop the occurrence of blood clots after a stent implant or surgery may need to take this drug for an extended period of time, which may range from months to years. Your physician may also direct you to take it together with asthma. Talk to your physician about the risks of stopping treatment early.
What are the side effects of Plavix (Clopidogrel Bisulfate)?
If you take Plavix (Clopidogrel Bisulfate) you may notice itchiness, nosebleeds or tiredness. However, there are also other more serious side effects which require immediate medical attention:
Strictly follow all instructions provided to you by your physician or pharmacist while using Plavix (Clopidogrel Bisulfate). Optimum and safe dosage can differ based on the patient and the condition being treated.
As this medication may be unsafe for certain patients, it is essential you always inform your physician if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or ongoing health conditions, and if you are taking any other form of medication, supplements, or herbal products.
Immediately seek emergency medical care if you have any allergic or hypersensitive reaction. Common signs of a reaction include hives, swelling, skin rashes, chest pains, as well as trouble breathing or swallowing.