Compare Plavix vs. Pradaxa

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Plavix (clopidogrel)

Prescription only

Pradaxa (Dabigatran)

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
Prevents blood clots.

Pradaxa (Dabigatran) is a good medication for preventing blood clots. It doesn't require regular blood tests or changing doses often. It can be expensive and there's no way to reverse the medication's effects.

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.
  • Clinical studies have shown that the risk of stroke and blood clots is lower than with warfarin, another popular "blood thinner" (anticoagulant).
  • Doesn't require regular blood tests or frequent dose changes.
  • In studies comparing Pradaxa (Dabigatran) to other "blood thinners", it worked just as well in preventing strokes and was better in lowering the risk of bleeding.
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.
  • Not available as generic.
  • There are no antidotes to stop bleeding caused by taking too much Pradaxa (Dabigatran).
  • Can't take during pregnancy.
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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.
10possible side effects
  • GI side effect
    35%
  • Any side effect
    21%
  • Any bleed
    20%
  • Dyspepsia
    8%
  • Major gastrointestinal bleed
    6%
  • Major bleed
    3%
  • GI bleed
    3%
  • Gastritis-like symptoms
    3%
  • Life-threatening bleed
    2%
  • Gastrointestinal bleed
    2%
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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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  • Blood clots

    Stopping Pradaxa (Dabigatran) too soon

  • Blood clot in the spine

    Spinal tap

    ...and 2 more risk factors

  • Unusual bleeding

    Drug interactions

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Increased risk of stroke or bleeding

    Artificial heart valve

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