Plavix is the brand name form of the generic drug clopidogrel bisulfate, an anti-platelet medication that's used to prevent blood clots.
Blood clots can form in blood as a result of certain heart or blood vessel conditions.
Plavix is also given to those who have unstable angina or peripheral artery disease.
Using Plavix in combination with aspirin may be more effective in preventing another heart attack, but this will increase your risk of bleeding.
Marketed by Bristol-Myers Squibb and Sanofi, Plavix was initially approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1997.
Since Plavix is designed to keep your platelets from coagulating and forming blood clots, it increases the likelihood that you might bleed, even if your injury is minor.
It's important that your doctor perform blood tests before you use this medicine to make sure that you don't have any genetic conditions that would make it dangerous for you to take Plavix.
If you have a stomach ulcer or a head injury that has caused bleeding in the brain, you should not use Plavix.
If you're planning to have any type of surgery or dental work, make sure your doctor is aware that you're using Plavix well in advance of the procedure.
Never use any medication, including Plavix, unless you are certain you're not allergic to it.
Let your doctor know about any serious conditions you might have, especially those involving bleeding or a blood-clotting disorder like TTP (thrombocytopenic purpura) or hemophilia.
You must also tell your doctor if you have a history of stroke, including mini-strokes known as TIAs, stomach ulcers, ulcerative colitis, and kidney disease.
Although Plavix is not known to be harmful to your fetus, it's still key that you let your doctor know if you're pregnant or might become pregnant while on Plavix.
There is insufficient data regarding breastfeeding, so doctors advise against breastfeeding if you're using Plavix.
Plavix has been known to help decrease blood clots in cats.
Veterinarians prescribe it to help prevent feline aortic thromboembolism.
Talk to your veterinarian before giving your pet any drug, and follow your vet's directions carefully.
Common side effects of Plavix include:
Stop taking Plavix and contact your doctor if you experience any of the following serious side effects:
Get emergency help if you exhibit the following signs of an allergic reaction to Plavix: