What PLAVIX 75MG is used for?
- PLAVIX 75MG is used to prevent blood clots (thrombi) forming in hardened blood vessels (arteries), a process known as atherothrombosis, which can lead to atherothrombotic events (such as stroke, heart attack, or death)
Warning & Precautions
Talk to Doctor
Talk to your doctor before you take this medicine, if you:
- Are allergic to clopidogrel or any other ingredients of this medicine
- Suffer from severe liver or kidney disease
- Have a risk of bleeding such as a medical condition that puts you at risk of internal bleeding (such as a stomach ulcer)
- Have blood disorder that makes you prone to internal bleeding (bleeding inside any tissues, organs or joints of your body)
- Had serious injury recently
- Have planned surgery (including dental) in the next seven days
- Have had a clot in an artery of your brain (ischaemic stroke) which occurred within the last seven days
Pregnancy & Breast Feeding
- If you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant or breast feeding, you should tell your doctor before taking PLAVIX 75MG
Children & Adolescents
- PLAVIX 75MG is not intended for children under 16 years of age
Driving & Using Machines
- PLAVIX 75MG is not likely to affect your ability to drive and use machines
Tell your doctor if you are taking,
- Medicines that may increase your risk of bleeding such as oral anticoagulants
- Medicines used to reduce blood clotting
- A non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medicine usually used to treat painful and or inflammatory conditions of muscle or joints
- Heparin or any other injectable medicine
- A selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (including but not restricted to fluoxetine or fluvoxamine), medicines usually used to treat depression
- Omeprazole or esomeprazole, medicines to treat upset stomach
- Fluconazole or voriconazole, medicines to treat fungal infections
- Efavirenz, a medicine to treat HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) infections
- Carbamazepine, a medicine to treat some forms of epilepsy
- Moclobemide, medicine to treat depression
- Repaglinide, medicine to treat diabetes
- Paclitaxel, medicine to treat cancer
How to Use
- Always take this medicine exactly as your doctor has told you
- You can take PLAVIX 75MG orally with or without food, and at the same time each day
- Plavix Tablet increases your risk of bleeding. Be careful while shaving, using sharp objects, or cutting fingernails or toenails.
- Do not discontinue using the medicine without consulting your doctor as this may increase your chances of having another heart attack or stroke.
- If you are scheduled to undergo a surgery or dental treatment, you may be asked to stop taking Plavix Tablet temporarily.
If you take more PLAVIX 75MG
- If you accidentally take too many tablets, you should tell your doctor at once or contact immediately the nearest casualty department
If you forget to take PLAVIX 75MG
- If you miss a dose, wait until it is time for your next dose, then go on as normal. Do not take a double dose to make up for a forgotten tablet
If you stop taking PLAVIX 75MG
- Do not stop taking PLAVIX 75MG without first consulting your doctor
Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them
- Fever, signs of infection or extreme tiredness
- Signs of liver problems such as yellowing of the skin and/or the eyes (jaundice)
- Swelling in the mouth
- Skin disorders such as rashes and itching, blisters of the skin
- Abdominal pain
- Indigestion or heartburn
- Stomach ulcer
- Excessive gas in stomach or intestines
- Sensation of tingling and numbness
- Vertigo, enlarged breasts in males
- Keep this medicine out of reach of children
- Store at room temperature (15-25°C)
- Do not use this medicine after the expiry date
Plavix is used to prevent formation of blood clots, thus reducing the risk of heart attacks or stroke. It facilitates smooth circulation of blood in the body by reducing the ability of the platelets to stick together, that could otherwise lead to formation of harmful clots in hardened blood vessels.
Q. Is Plavix a blood thinner?
Yes, Plavix is an antiplatelet medicine which is also known as a blood thinner. It makes your blood flow more easily through your blood vessels and prevents formation of harmful blood clots. This lowers your chances of heart attack or stroke.
Q. When should you take Plavix?
You should take Plavix exactly as prescribed by the doctor. You can take it with or without food, at any time of the day. However, it is important to take it regularly at the same time each day for best results. This will also help you to remember to take it daily.
Q. Does Plavix affect blood pressure?
Yes, Plavix may rarely cause a decrease in blood pressure as a side effect. However, this is very rare and does not affect everyone. Consult your doctor if you feel dizzy, lightheaded, weak or have a blurred vision. These are signs and symptoms of low blood pressure and therefore, you should contact your doctor immediately.
Q. Who should not take Plavix?
Plavix is not recommended for people who are allergic to it, have severe liver disease, have stomach ulcers, bleeding in the brain, or have a bleeding disorder known as hemophilia (disease in which blood does not clot normally). Additionally, avoid taking Plavix if you are trying to get pregnant, already pregnant, or breastfeeding.
Q. Can I take alcohol with Plavix?
Yes, you can take alcohol with Plavix. However, excessive intake of alcohol should be avoided as it can irritate the inner lining of the stomach and this increases the risk of developing a stomach ulcer later.
Q. Can Omeprazole be taken along with Plavix?
Omeprazole ( a proton pump inhibitor or PPI used to treat and prevent indigestion) may interfere with the working of Plavix and reduce the effect of Plavix. Your doctor may prescribe an alternate PPI like lansoprazole, if you suffer from indigestion or if they judge that it would be beneficial to you. You should let your doctor know about all the medicines that have been prescribed to you before starting Plavix. Always consult your doctor before taking any medicine.
Q. What are the side effects of taking Plavix?
The most common side effect of Plavix is bleeding. This may lead to bruising on the skin, nosebleeds, blood in the urine or stools (black tarry stools), or heavier periods than usual in females. Rarely, bleeding may also occur in the head, eyes, lungs, or joints and may even be severe. In case you have a minor injury, such as a small cut while shaving, bleeding may take longer than usual to stop. Get emergency medical help if the bleeding is profuse, does not stop on it’s own, or bothers you. Other side effects of Plavix that may be seen occasionally in some people include diarrhea, abdominal pain, indigestion or heartburn. Please consult your doctor if any of these side effects persist or worry you.
Q. What will happen if I stop taking Plavix?
If you stop taking Plavix suddenly, your chances of heart attack or stroke may increase. These conditions can be fatal. Do not stop taking it without talking to your doctor, otherwise your condition may worsen. Continue taking Plavix for as long as prescribed by your doctor to get maximum benefit.
Q. How long does it take Plavix to start working? How long do I need to take it?
Clopiogrel starts working within 2 hours of taking it. Continue taking it as long as your doctor has advised you. You may have to take it for a few weeks or months, or you may have to take it for the rest of your life.
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