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Plavix is prescribed to those who have recently had a heart attack to prevent further heart attacks or strokes. Plavix is also available generically as Clopidogrel. This medication is an antiplatlet drug that prevents blood from clotting and allows smooth blood flow.
Before taking your prescribed medication read all the instructions that was provided by your pharmacist. Take Plavix orally once a day with a full glass of water. This medication can be taken with or without food. Make sure you take Plavix at the same time each day to create a routine for yourself and to ensure an even spread of medication in your system.
For optimal results take this medication on a regular basis. Do not change or increase your dose. You should continue taking this medication even if you feel well.
This medication can also be used with aspirin in cases of chest pain, and to prevent blood clots.
This medication may contain medical and non medical ingredients that could cause an allergic reaction. Consult with your doctor about any known allergies before taking Plavix. Speak with your doctor about any known medical conditions relating to bleeding conditions, recent eye surgery, serious injuries, and liver disease. Tell your doctor about any current medications or supplementation to avoid interactions with Plavix.
Avoid contact contact sports or activities were injuries, cuts, or bruises can be sustained. Take care to also avoid sharp objects while taking Plavix.
Grapefruit and grapefruit juice can interfere with how this medication is absorbed in your body. Avoid drinking or having grapefruit to ensure an effective treatment with Plavix.
There is a risk of stomach bleeding with regular use of alcohol while taking Plavix. Avoid or limit alcohol during your treatment with Plavix. Additionally you can speak with your doctor on acceptable limits of alcohol.
Side effects for Plavix are: increased bleeding, nosebleeds, headaches, itching, and bruising.
More serious side effects are: bleeding that will not stop, bloody or tarry stools, blood in your urine, coughing up blood or vomit that looks like coffee grounds, chest pain or heavy feeling, pain spreading to the arm or shoulder, nausea, sweating, general ill feeling, sudden numbness or weakness, especially on one side of the body, sudden headache, confusion, problems with vision, speech, or balance, pale skin, weakness, fever, or jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes), unusual bleeding (nose, mouth, vagina, or rectum), or purple or red pinpoint spots under your skin.
If any side effects become unmanageable speak with your doctor or pharmacist for help in managing any side effects. For any serious side effects that occur speak with your doctor right away for further treatment options.
Q: What happens if I suddenly stop taking this medication?
A: A relapse in symptoms may occur depending on the severity of the condition, and you may experience side effects. You should speak to your doctor before you stop taking this medication.
Q: What is the best dosage to take for Plavix?
A: You doctor will be able to determine the best dosage from the initial diagnosis.
Q: How long does it take for this medication to become active?
A: It can take upwards to a week for Plavix to take effect. If there any signs that indicate that the medication is not working or a relapse of symptoms occur, speak with your doctor right away for more medical treatment.
Q: What happens if I miss a dose?
A: You should take the missed dose as soon you realize you have forgotten. If the missed dose is closer to your next scheduled dose, take the next schedule dose to avoid overlapping.
Q: What is the best way to store this medication?
A: This medication is stored at room temperature, and should be kept away from children and pets.
Q: How do I dispose of this medication?
A: Do not throw away this medication in wastewater. Some medication can be thrown away in dry waste, and some require a little preparation for disposal. If you are uncertain how to dispose of this medication speak with your pharmacist to safely dispose any unwanted or experienced medication.
Q: Is this medication safe to use while pregnant or breastfeeding?
A: Speak with your doctor about the risk associated with using this drug while pregnant. It is uncertain if Plavix can be transmitted to the breast milk of nursing mother. Consult your doctor to understand the risk in using this medication while breastfeeding.
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