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  • India
  • New Zealand
Brand
  • Clopicard
  • Plavix
Strength
  • 75mg
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Clopicard - clopidogrel - 75mg - 30 TAB Plavix/​Clopicard clopidogrel Brand India 75mg 30 TAB DR $19.99 Add
Clopicard - clopidogrel - 75mg - 90 TAB Plavix/​Clopicard clopidogrel Brand India 75mg 90 TAB DR $39.99 Add
Plavix - clopidogrel - 75mg - 90 TAB Plavix clopidogrel Generic New Zealand 75mg 90 TAB RX $64.00 Add
Plavix - clopidogrel - 75mg - 28 TAB Plavix clopidogrel Brand New Zealand 75mg 28 TAB RX $84.00 Add
Plavix - clopidogrel - 75mg - 56 TAB Plavix clopidogrel Brand New Zealand 75mg 56 TAB RX $127.00 Add
Plavix - clopidogrel - 75mg - 84 TAB Plavix clopidogrel Brand New Zealand 75mg 84 TAB RX $167.00 Add

Medicines have benefits and some have risks. Always read the label and use only as directed. If symptoms persist or you have side effects see your health professional. Brands and generics both contain the same active ingredient(s) and are medically equivalent. Some brands are marketed under different names by the same manufacturing country depending on the country of origin.

Plavix (clopidogrel) is a widely-used antiplatelet drug, used to help prevent heart attack, stroke, blood clots, and other heart or blood circulation issues in at-risk patients or following certain medical procedures.

The medication inhibits platelets in the blood from clumping together and forming a blood clot. It also promotes easy, free-flowing blood in the body. Patients taking Plavix are at increased risk of bleeding, however, and should avoid activities---such as contact sports---in which bruising or bleeding are likely.

Plavix is used:

  • After a heart attack or stroke
  • Following certain medical procedures, such as placement of a stent
  • In patients with coronary artery disease
  • In patients with peripheral artery disease
  • To treat angina
  • In other scenarios to prevent blood clots/improve blood flow

And Plavix can be taken:

  • On its own
  • Along with aspirin
  • Instead of aspirin when aspirin can't be taken

Patients should always speak with a doctor before mixing certain medications with Plavix, particularly:

  • Medications that inhibit the CYP2C19 enzyme, such as omeprazole
  • Other medications that influence bleeding, such as warfarin
  • NSAIDs, such as ibuprofen
  • SSRIs or SNRIs, such as sertaline or duloxetine
  • The anti-diabetic medication repaglinide

Plavix can be used in all ages, though very young children, very elderly patients, and those with moderate to severe kidney impairment may need modified doses. Effects on unborn or nursing infants are unclear.

Treatment Overview

The conditions Plavix treats are complicated and vary by individual; likewise treatment should be individualized. Patients should only take Plavix if instructed by a doctor, as there are many factors that suggest treatment is suitable or not that can only be measured with medical equipment.

A very rough treatment guideline for most scenarios:

  • The majority of patients take 75 mg once per day.
  • Depending on the condition, some patients will take a "loading dose" of 300 mg on the first day.
  • Other conditions, other medications, and other personal variables like age and weight can all influence dosage and dosage frequency.
  • Treatment spans from a few weeks to several years, again depending on the condition and patient response.
  • Missed doses should be skipped entirely; be careful to avoid taking too much of this medication.

It takes a few days for 75 mg doses to start producing solid effects; this happens much quicker, often on day one, when a 300 mg loading dose is taken.

It is not unusual for a physician to request a genetic test prior to prescribing Plavix; some individuals have genetic factors that decrease its effectiveness. Alternative products will be used instead.

Use of this or any other blood thinner may need to be temporarily suspended prior to surgery or dental work. Consult a physician before undergoing any surgical or dental procedures.

In Closing

Plavix is a widely-used and very well studied medication; it has proven benefit in retaining independence, extending duration of life, and maintaining quality of life, in both clinical trials and real-world use.

This medication can prevent recurrence of heart attack and stroke; reduce symptoms of peripheral artery disease, unstable angina, and other clot-related disorders; and promote healthy recovery in recipients of cardiac stents, balloon angioplasties, and certain other medical procedures.

In other words, Plavix is a highly beneficial medication and quite safe when used as directed. It is one of the most widely-used and best-selling medications in the world.

Plavix (clopidogrel bisulfate) is a blood thinner for persons at risk of heart attack, stroke, or suffering from certain other disorders. Plavix is one of the most thoroughly researched and frequently prescribed medications of its kind.

Who Uses Plavix?

Plavix is for individuals who have previously suffered a heart attack or stroke, have been diagnosed with Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) or peripheral vascular disease, have heart-related chest pains, unstable angina, or are otherwise at increased risk from blood clots. It is proven effective at both reducing symptoms and preventing recurrences of heart attack and stroke.

This product is also frequently recommended after certain medical procedures, such as a cardiac stent or balloon angioplasty, in which it is vital to prevent clots and keep blood flowing freely.

This product should not be taken with first consulting a physician.

How does it Work?

Plavix inhibits coagulation; that is, the ability of blood platelets to clump together and form a blood clot. Blood clots are a particular concern among those who have recently suffered a heart attack or stroke. Inhibition of clotting allows blood to flow unrestricted through blood vessels.

Genetic factors present in some individuals may render this medication less effective. It is not unusual for a physician to request a genetic test prior to recommending this product. Likewise certain other prescription and non-prescription medications may interfere with effectiveness or increase the severity of side effects.

Dosage:

Plavix is typically taken in pill form once a day, at the same time each day. It can be taken with or without food. If a dose is missed simply skip it and take the next dose at the regular time, unless otherwise instructed by a physician.

Duration of treatment varies from a few weeks to several years, depending on the medical condition being treated and the patient's response.

It's important to follow doctor instructions carefully when taking this product. Discontinuing use early may increase heart attack or stroke risk. Never take more than the recommended amount of this medication; seek medical attention immediately if too much is taken.

Use of this or any other blood thinner may need to be temporarily suspended prior to surgery or dental work. Consult a physician before undergoing any procedures.

Ingredients:

Active ingredient: clopidogrel bisulfate

Inactive ingredients: Carnauba wax, microcrystalline cellulose, triacetin, ferric oxide, hydroxypropylcellulose, titanium dioxide, hydrogenated castor oil, hypromellose 2910, mannitol, lactose monohydrate, polyethylene glycol 6000

Side Effects:

This product is designed to treat serious medical conditions and should never be taken without first consulting a physician.

Plavix has been extensively tested and used by over 115 million patients since it became available in 1997. Side effects are rare but may range from mild to serious, even life-threatening.

Because this medication inhibits the body's ability to form blood clots, excessive bleeding is a concern:
  • Patients may bruise and bleed more easily
  • Even minor wounds may require medical attention if bleeding persists
  • Nosebleeds may occur more frequently and last longer
More serious side effects warrant medical attention:
  • Confusion or difficulty speaking
  • Blood in urine, stools or vomit
  • Coughing up blood
  • Unexpected, unexplained or uncontrolled bleeding
  • Large, unexplained bruising
  • Seizures
  • Coma
Do not take while pregnant or nursing without explicit physician recommendation. Avoid consumption of alcohol for the duration of treatment.

Interactions:

Increased risk of gastrointestinal bleeding when used in combination with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) or Warfarin.

In some cases a physician may recommend taking Plavix in combination with aspirin.

The diagnosing physician or health care provider should always be made aware of all currently taken medications, including non-prescription and supplemental, to prevent potentially dangerous interactions or reduced effectiveness.

Contraindications:

Persons with any chronic bleeding conditions, such as ulcers, or who are hypersensitive to any of the ingredients, should not take this or any other blood thinning medication.

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