Tablets: 75 milligrams.
Plavix is prescribed to prevent strokes and heart attacks in persons who are at high risk. In one large
study, Plavix bisulfate was more effective than aspirin in reducing heart
attacks. The frequency of side effects of Plavix bisulfate was
similar to aspirin; however, stomach and intestinal bleeding probably occurs less often with Plavix
bisulfate than with aspirin.
Plavix keeps blood platelets slippery and discourages formation of clots, thereby improving blood flow to your heart, brain, and body. The drug is prescribed to reduce the risk of heart attack, stroke, and serious circulation problems in people with hardening of the arteries or unstable angina (dangerous chest pain), and in people who've already suffered a heart attack or stroke.
Plavix bisulfate usually is taken once daily. It can be taken with or without food.
The usual dose is 75 mg once a day. To give people with unstable angina an extra boost, their first dose is usually increased to 300 mg.
The safety and effectiveness of Plavix have not been established in children.
The tolerability of Plavix is similar to that of aspirin.
- Itching occurs in approximately 1 in 20 persons;
Abdominal pain also occurs in about 1 in 20 persons, but it is less frequent
than with aspirin.
Ticlopidine (Ticlid) is an antiplatelet medication quite similar to
Plavix. It has been associated with a severe reduction in white blood
cell count in between 0.8% and 1% of persons. The risk of this dangerous side effect with Plavix is about
0.04%, much less than with ticlopidine but twice that of aspirin.
Plavix rarely causes a condition called thrombotic thrombocytopenic
purpura (TTP) in one out of every 250,000 people. TTP is a serious condition
in which blood clots form throughout the body. Blood platelets, which participate in
clotting, are consumed, and the result can be bleeding because enough platelets
are no longer left to allow blood to clot normally. For comparison, the related drug,
ticlodipine (Ticlid), causes TTP 17-50 times more frequently than Plavix.
Plavix side effects that you should report to your health care professional or doctor as soon as possible:
- Urinary Tract Infection;
- Upper Respiratorytract Infection;
- Purple Discoloration Of Skin;
- Joint Pain;
- Inflammation Of The Nasal Passages;
- High Cholesterol;
- High Blood Pressure;
- Fluid Retention And Swelling;
- Flu Symptoms;
- Difficulty Breathing;
- Chest Pain;
- Bruising And Bleeding Under The Skin;
- Back Pain;
- Abdominal Pain;