Compare Plavix vs. Pletal

Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.

Plavix
(Clopidogrel)

Pletal
(Cilostazol)

Prevents blood clots. Plavix (Clopidogrel) works well to prevent blood clots and heart complications, but watch out for drug interactions.Coming soon.
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Reviews for Plavix (Clopidogrel)
59%
of people say Plavix (Clopidogrel) is worth it
49%
say it works well
16%
say it's a big hassle

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Side effects
PlavixPletal
  • Minor bleeding 3%
  • Major bleeding 1%
  • Any noncerebral bleeding 1%
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We haven’t found good data for Pletal side effects.

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How it works
PlavixPletal
Plavix (Clopidogrel) is an antiplatelet blood thinner. It prevents blood platelets from working, which makes it harder for your body to form blood clots.Coming soon.
Type of medication
PlavixPletal
Anticoagulant
Anti-platelet
Prescription only
Coming soon.
Available as
PlavixPletal
  • Pill
  • Pill
Used for (click to learn more)
PlavixPletal
  • Intermittent claudication
Risk factors for serious side effects
PlavixPletal
  • Genetic variation (CYP2C19 poor metabolizer)
  • Drug-interactions
  • Age greater than 65
  • History of gastrointestinal bleeding
  • High blood pressure
  • Liver problems
  • Drug interactions
  • Certain genetic disposition
    Detailed Plavix (Clopidogrel) risks & warnings »
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    Pregnancy category
    PlavixPletal
    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
    Alcohol
    No specific alcohol-related info.No specific alcohol-related info.
    Food
    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.
    Sex
    No specific sex-related info.No specific sex-related info.
    Sleep
    No specific sleep-related info.No specific sleep-related info.
    Weight
    No specific weight-related info.No specific weight-related info.
    Upsides and benefits
    PlavixPletal
    • 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.
    Coming soon.
    Downsides and risks
    PlavixPletal
    • 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.
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    Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
    PlavixPletal
    • 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.
    Coming soon.
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