Customer Information about Plavix
Medical studies have shown that blood clots are the root cause of more than 90 percent of all myocardial infarctions (heart attacks) and 80 percent of strokes. The cause of blood clotting is due to component parts of the blood called platelets joining together, and forming larger sticky groups of platelets which can combine further to form a dangerous blood clot. The build up of fatty acids in the arteries (known as atherosclerosis) can reduce their effective capacity to carry blood, and a subsequent blood clot can cause sufficient blockage of the artery to trigger a serious or fatal heart attack
The chemical name for Plavix is Clopidogrel Bisulfate. This medicine is an antiplatelet agent which can be used to reduce the risk of stroke or heart attack in patients presenting with atherosclerosis. It may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your physician. Plavix is proven to help agianst the formation of clots, which can help protect against the possibility of heart attacks and stroke.
Additional information to be considered prior to using Plavix
Your condition will need to be closely monitored, and your dosage may need to altered if you are already taking other medication, such as ibuprofen or naproxen (nsaids), warfarin, heparin, phenytoin, tamoxifen, tolbutamide, torsemide, and fluvastatin.
You should inform your doctor or pharmacist of any drugs that you are taking, and if you are suffering from any other medical conditions, allergies, pregnancy, or are breast-feeding.
Who should not take Plavix?
Use of this medicine is not recommended if you have gastrointestinal bleeding or a history of clotting disorders or ulcers. You should always contact your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions or concerns about taking this medicine. If you are currently taking aspirin, consult your doctor promptly and ask if you should continue or stop taking aspirin with this medication for your specific condition.
How to take Plavix
Follow the directions for using this medicine provided by your doctor. This medicine may be taken on an empty stomach or with food. The medicine can be stored at room temperature, but should not be exposed to excessive heat and light. If during the treatment, you miss a dose of the drug, 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 taking part in any sporting activity, you should avoid any that may expose you to the risk of serious injury.
Plavix Side Effects
It is possible that some side effects may be experienced when using this drug. These may or may not reduce or stop during the course of the treatment, and include diarrhoea or indigestion.
You should contact your doctor immediately if you experience any of these serious side effects :-
- sudden, severe, persistent headache
- rash or itching
- nosebleeds or 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
- speech problems
- yellowing of the skin or eyes; or pale skin.
If you notice any other side effects that are not listed above, you should contact your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist.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 this medicine is excreted in breast milk. Do not breast-feed while taking this medicine.
Overdose information for Plavix
If an overdose of Plavix is suspected, you should immediately contact your local poison control center or emergency room for advice.