We do our best to provide you comprehensive information in simple words on every medication you may be prescribed throughout your life. It is a common knowledge that a patient should get to know some information before he starts using this or that medication as some pills and injections may cause death if taken unconsciously and carelessly. We also strongly recommend you to use the following information as basic and not as recommendations. Please visit your health care provider to get prescriptions on Plavix. Being a remedy to treat blood and vessels disorders, Plavix should be taken very carefully. It is not a remedy of choice. Plavix alone will not produce curing effect. It is only used in complex treatment of cardiovascular disorders.
The following article will provide you with summary information about Plavix (Clopidogrel). It is not a medical advice or a prescription label – you have to visit and consult your personal health care professional first. Only your personal doctor can provide you with the complete information about any medicine and give the prescriptions depending on your personal specific needs. Besides, Plavix is not a medication of instant action. It I administered to patients after heart diseases recurrence, to prevent blood clots in patients of high risk group. Plavix should not be taken on one’s own without prior seeing health care provider.
What is Plavix: description, indications
Plavix (Clopidogrel) is a medication used in patients with certain blood vessels or heart conditions to prevent the blood platelets from clotting and forming of unwanted clots of blood that can be the unpleasant result of blood coagulating. So it is used in patients who recently have had strokes or heart attacks. Plavix may also be administered for treatment non-related diseases and conditions not listed in the professional label. Some medications may cause blood clots formation and Plavix may be included in such treatment schemes to prevent the effects and risks of clotting.
The conditions treated with Plavix
Plavix is indicated for acute coronary syndrome treatment as a complex ingredient. In patients after recent strokes, recent MI Plavix is known to effectively to reduce endpoint of new stroke. The optimal duration of treatment with Plavix is unknown and is determined in every individual case. You doctor will determine the scheme of treatment depending on your background and the disease profile. Heart and vessel diseases are deathly. Being once diagnoses some problems with heart or vessels a patient should be constantly supervised by cardiologist.
Getting prescription, you can buy Plavix online in the following dosage forms: 75 mg (film-coated biconvex pink tablets of round shape with ‘1171’ on one of the sides and ’75’ on the other), and also 300 mg (film-coated biconvex pink tablets of round shape with ‘1332’ on one of the sides and ‘300’ on the other). You should strictly keep to the recommendations given by your cardiologist and take the dosage exactly indicated for you case. Remember, that you should not split the pill. Do not buy the remedy in maximum dosage if you are prescribed a lower one. By splitting the pill you will not be able to get an exact dosage you need.
After recent strokes patients are commonly prescribed a maximum dosage (loading dose) of Plavix and then continue with 75mg daily. Your cardiologist may mate Plavix with aspirin to enhance the effect.
In STEMI patients Plavix is prescribed at 75mg daily which should be taken orally. Depending on the case and other symptoms the treatment may include aspirin and trombolytics.
How to take Plavix?
After being prescribed Clopidogrel be careful with taking it and do not forget to inform the personal doctor in case you suffer from the flowing conditions:
- thrombocytopenic purpura, hemophilia or any other blood clot disorder;
- stroke or ‘mini-stroke’;
- kidney disease;
- ulcerative colitis and stomach ulcer.
The medicine Clopidogrel does not cause any harm to an unborn baby (belongs to category B in FDA pregnancy list) but it is not known whether it causes harm to nursing babies So it is suggested not to breast-feed during the period of taking the medication Clopidogrel.
You should also keep in mind when taking Plavix that the remedy increases the risk of bleeding. That is why it is recommended to avoid any dangerous activities increasing the risks of injury or bleeding, even such activities as brushing teeth and shaving may cause bleeding which will be rather hard to stop.
If you are going to have surgery or dental work, warn your doctor that you are taking Plavix as deep cut of tissues may result in unstoppable bleeding. You should stop taking Plavix at least five days prior to the planned surgery to minimize the risks of bleeding. After the surgery treatment is over you should start taking Plavix as soon as possible. Before surgery you are recommended to see your cardiologist to discuss the risk of Plavix treatment termination.
Alcohol drinking may increase the risks of bleeding in your intestines or stomach. Besides, it is strongly advised to stop drinking alcohol in any dosages in case of recent strokes or recent MI.
Clopidogrel, as all the other drugs, has unpleasant and even dangerous side effects and in case you notice any of the health conditions mentioned below, call the personal doctor at once:
- signs of allergy to the medication (hives, lips, swelling, face, tongue and throat swelling);
- bleeding that you see will not stop;
- coughing up to blood as well as vomit looking like grounds of coffee;
- blood in urine;
- heavy feeling or pain in chest, spreading to the shoulder or arm, sweating, nausea;
- sudden weakness or numbness, especially on the body’s side;
- confusion, balance, vision, speech problems, sudden headache;
- pale skin, yellowing of your eyes or skin, fever;
- easy bruising, red or purple pinpoint spots under skin, unusual vagina, nose, rectum or mouth bleeding.
So pay very much attention to your conditions after you start treatment with it to get only the best results from the treatment. Keep in mind that you will hardly notice any effect of taking Plavix, however the remedy is of ultimate importance in restoration of heart and vessels after strokes as well as in prevention of possible strokes in the future. That is why you should take Plavix for exactly as long as your doctor has prescribed it to you.
Tips on taking Plavix
The pills should be taken by mouth with a full glass of water. Meal does not affect the drug intake. So you can take Plavix before, with or after the food. Store the pills in a light-protected box at a room temperature. If you miss a dosage, take a pill as soon as possible.