Prescription onlyLower-cost generic availableClass: Cardiovascular

Plavix

(clopidogrel)

Prescription onlyLower-cost generic availableClass: Cardiovascular
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Prevents blood clots.

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Our bottom line

Plavix (Clopidogrel) works well to prevent blood clots and heart complications, but watch out for drug interactions.

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Prices and coupon for 30 (75mg) tablets of clopidogrel

Upsides

  • 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.
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Downsides

  • 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.
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.

What to expect when you take Plavix (clopidogrel) for Anticoagulant

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Side effect rates for Plavix (clopidogrel)

12562 From clinical trials of Plavix / Blood thinning to prevent heart attack (With aspirin vs. Placebo + aspirin)
  • Minor bleeding
  • Major bleeding
  • Any noncerebral bleeding
  • Life-threatening bleeding

Risks and Warnings for Plavix (clopidogrel)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Genetic variation (CYP2C19 poor metabolizer)
    • Drug-interactions

    Plavix (Clopidogrel) may not work well for some people. Certain medicines that reduce stomach acid can also prevent Plavix (Clopidogrel) from working. Your doctor may order a genetic test to make sure Plavix (Clopidogrel) is right for you. Do not start anything new without first talking to your doctor.

    This is a black box warning. The FDA requires this warning when there is a significant risk of serious or life-threatening effects that anyone taking the drug should consider.

Means that some groups have a high risk of experiencing this side effect

Common concerns from people taking Plavix (clopidogrel)

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Interactions
  • Lots of interactions with other drugs or supplements. Always check with your doctor or pharmacist before starting any new meds.
  • Interacts with a lot of medicines and supplements. Don't start any new meds without talking to your doctor.