Plavix is a well-known among cardiologists and checked medicine which appeared on the market in 1997. Its active component is clopidogrel bisulfate, which provides anti-clot action by keeping platelets from binding together. This drug is supplied in the form of tablets of pink color which are round or oval and covered with special film. However, other forms are possible if generic drug is purchased.
Plavix is prescribed to patients suffering from acute coronary syndrome of different types, the therapy in this case usually includes aspirin as well. Another indication for the drug is a recently experienced heart attack or stroke. Also Plavix is used to reduce the risk of such conditions in patients with peripheral vascular diseases. In general, this medicine helps to keep blood vessels clear, thus, providing sufficient blood circulation.
It might happen that immediate action of the drug is needed, and in this case the dose of clopidogrel 300 mg is taken. This dosage helps to achieve the desirable result within short time. Afterwards, Plavix is taken once a day, the dosage is to be 75 mg for maintenance therapy. The administration doesn’t depend on food, so a pill should be swallowed with enough water. In some cases only maintaining therapy is employed – as a rule in case of recent heart attack, stroke or vascular disorders. Anyway, the medicine must be taken as prescribed by your doctor. Patients are not allowed to stop therapy themselves.
Overdose with Plavix is possible and may lead to bleeding complications. It is necessary to contact your doctor both in case of overdose and when the medicine shows no effect. It is because of bleeding risk why Plavix must be stopped before any surgery.
Some people cannot take Plavix, as it may cause bad side effects or worsen the state of the patient. The reasons to avoid the medicine include:
Allergy to any of the ingredients of the drug, both active and inactive;
Hypersensitivity to clopidogrel or other components;
Abnormal bleeding caused by an illness.
Apart from clopidogrel bisulfate, Plavix film-coated tablet contains:
Hydrogenated castor oil;
Polyethylene glycol 6000;
To make Plavix therapy safe for you, it is necessary to inform your physician about:
Medicines you are currently taking;
Gastrointestinal ulcer history;
Planning any kind of surgery;
Being a breastfeeding mother;
Having allergy to any alike medicines.
If taken in a right way and all the special features are taken into account, Plavix causes no side effects. However, it is necessary to seek urgent medical help if there are such symptoms as:
Speech and vision changes;
Difficulty of breathing;
Purple spots which indicate under skin bleeding;