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Plavix (clopidogrel)

Prescription only
Prevents blood clots.

Plavix (clopidogrel) is a cheap, generically available blood thinner that protects you from clots after you've had a heart attack or surgery.

5.0/ 7 average rating with 343 reviewsforPlavix
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Upsides
  • Plavix (clopidogrel) can help lower your risk of getting a stroke or heart attack.
  • You only need to take it once a day.
  • A genetic test is available to determine whether Plavix (clopidogrel) will be an effective treatment option for you.
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Downsides
  • Raises your risk of bleeding and bruising, which can be serious and life-threatening.
  • May not be safe to be taken with many other medicines or supplements.
  • If you've taken too much Plavix (clopidogrel) and you're bleeding, plasma transfusions are required to stop the bleeding.
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Reviews
343 
59%
think this treatment is worth it
49%
think this treatment works well
16%
think this treatment is a hassle

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Side effects
The Plavix (clopidogrel) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
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Risks and warnings
  • Weakened ability to prevent blood clots

    Taking Prilosec or Nexium

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Life-threatening bleeding

    History of stomach bleeding

    ...and 2 more risk factors

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