Compare Plavix vs. Heparin
Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.
|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.|
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|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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|Risk factors for serious side effects|
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
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|More about PlavixSide effectsReviews & ratingsAlternativesFDA package insert||More about HeparinSide effectsReviews & ratingsAlternativesFDA package insert|