|Prevents blood clots. Plavix (Clopidogrel) works well to prevent blood clots and heart complications, but watch out for drug interactions.||Prevents blood clots. Heparin is a good anticoagulant that prevents blood clots. However, you'll need to get frequent blood tests to make sure it's working well.|
|How it works|
|Plavix (Clopidogrel) is an antiplatelet blood thinner. It prevents blood platelets from working, which makes it harder for your body to form blood clots.||Heparin is an anticoagulant that binds with proteins and platelets to stop blood clots from being made and traveling to the brain, heart, and lungs.|
|Type of medication|
› Anti-plateletPrescription only
› HeparinPrescription only
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We haven’t found good data for Heparin side effects.FDA side effect reports for Heparin »
|Risk factors for serious side effects|
- › Genetic variation (CYP2C19 poor metabolizer)
- › Drug-interactions
Detailed Plavix (Clopidogrel) risks & warnings »
- › Age greater than 65
- › History of gastrointestinal bleeding
- › High blood pressure
- › Liver problems
- › Drug interactions
- › Certain genetic disposition
- › History of bleeding problems
- › Severe high blood pressure
- › Older age
Detailed Heparin risks & warnings »
- › Heparin-induced thrombocytopenia
BFDA pregnancy category (Probably safe)
Research studies with animals haven’t found a risk to unborn babies, but it hasn’t been properly studied in humans.See the FDA package insert
CFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)
Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.See the FDA package insert
|No specific alcohol-related info.||No specific alcohol-related info.|
|No specific food-related info.||No specific food-related info.|
|Kidneys and liver|
|No specific kidneys and liver-related info.||No specific kidneys and liver-related info.|
|No specific sex-related info.||No specific sex-related info.|
|No specific sleep-related info.||No specific sleep-related info.|
|No specific weight-related info.||No specific weight-related info.|
|Upsides and benefits|
- › Thins your blood to protect your heart after a heart attack or after a procedure on your heart.
- › Studies have shown clopidogrel lowers your risk of death or further heart complications.
- › Safe to use in pregnancy and if you're breast feeding.
- › There are other medications that can help stop unexpected bleeding while taking Heparin.
- › Available as a generic medication.
- › Usually used in the hospital, but can be given at home too.
|Downsides and risks|
- › Raises your risk of bleeding and bruising.
- › Lots of interactions with other drugs or supplements. Always check with your doctor or pharmacist before starting any new meds.
- › Doesn't work well for people with certain genetic variations.
- › You'll need to get labs/blood draws done on a regular basis to make sure the drug is working and to make sure you don't get unexpected side effects.
- › You can be at higher risk for bleeding or clotting while taking Heparin compared to other anticoagulants.
|Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication|
- › Thins your blood to prevent clots from forming or getting bigger. Doesn't break up existing clots.
- › Can raise your risk of bleeding or bruising.
- › Take it exactly as instructed.
- › Interacts with a lot of medicines and supplements. Don't start any new meds without talking to your doctor.
- › Let your doctor know about any fever, weakness, or unusual bleeding or bruising.
- › Make sure to change where you inject Heparin every time.
- › Don't take aspirin or other anti-inflammatory medications without talking to your doctor first.
- › You will have to do regular blood draws or labs to make sure that Heparin is working for you.
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