Plavix (Clopidogrel) ®
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Generic Name: E: CLOPIDOGREL (kloe-PIH-doe-grell)
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Plavix Common Uses:
Plavix is an antiplatelet agent used to reduce the risk of stroke or heart attack in patients with atherosclerosis. Plavix may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.
Follow the directions for using Plavix (Clopidogrel) provided by your doctor. Plavix may be taken on an empty stomach or with food. STORE Plavix (Clopidogrel) at room temperature, away from heat and light. IF YOU MISS A DOSE OF Plavix (Clopidogrel), take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do NOT take 2 doses at once.
If you are currently taking aspirin, consult your doctor promptly and ask if you should continue or stop taking aspirin with Plavix (Clopidogrel) for your specific condition (e.g., aspirin and clopidogrel may be used in combination after a coronary stent procedure). If you are not currently taking aspirin, consult your doctor before starting aspirin for any medical condition. Check the labels on all your medicines because they may contain pain relievers/fever
reducers (NSAIDs such as ibuprofen, naproxen, or aspirin). Ask your pharmacist about the safe use of those products while taking clopidogrel. BEFORE YOU HAVE ANY MEDICAL OR DENTAL TREATMENTS, EMERGENCY CARE, OR SURGERY, tell the doctor or dentist you are taking this medicine. BEFORE YOU BEGIN TAKING ANY NEW MEDICINE, either prescription or over-the-counter, check with your doctor or pharmacist. Keep all doctor and laboratory appointments while you are using this medicine. IF YOU
BECOME ILL, including a fever, contact your doctor. AVOID ANY SPORTS that expose you to risk of serious injury. FOR WOMEN: IT IS UNKNOWN IF Plavix (Clopidogrel) IS EXCRETED in breast milk. DO NOT BREAST-FEED while taking Plavix.
Possible Side Effects of Plavix:
Plavix SIDE EFFECTS, that may go away during treatment, include diarrhea or indigestion. CONTACT YOUR DOCTOR IMMEDIATELY if you experience sudden, severe, persistent headache; change in vision; rash; itching; nosebleeds; excessive bleeding from cuts; bleeding from gums when brushing teeth; increased menstrual bleeding; unexplained vaginal bleeding; unusual bruising; discoloration of urine or stool; black, tarry stools; sore throat or fever; weakness; speech
problems; seizures; yellowing of the skin or eyes; or pale skin. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist.
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