5.0/ 7 average rating with 343 reviewsforPlavix

Plavix
Alternatives

(clopidogrel)

Plavix (clopidogrel)

Prescription only

Coumadin (warfarin)

Prescription only
1 of 5 alternatives
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.

Prevents blood clots.

Coumadin (warfarin) is a cheap and effective medicine that prevents new blood clots. It requires regular blood tests and you'll need to eat, exercise, and take your medicines consistently.

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.
  • Coumadin (warfarin) is available as a generic, so it should be less expensive than the brand version.
  • In case you start bleeding too much while using Coumadin (warfarin), your doctor can give you another drug that reverses Coumadin (warfarin)'s effects.
  • Coumadin (warfarin) comes in numerous strengths.
  • Coumadin (warfarin) has been around for a long time and is one of the most commonly used 'blood thinner' medicines.
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.
  • Raises your risk of bleeding and bruising.
  • Requires regular blood work, such as an INR, to make sure Coumadin (warfarin) is working correctly.
  • Your daily dose of Coumadin (warfarin) can change if you change your diet, exercise patterns, or use of alcohol.
  • A lot of other drugs and supplements interact with Coumadin (warfarin), so you'll need to check with your doctor or pharmacist before starting any new medicines.
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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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513 
61%
think this treatment is worth it
54%
think this treatment works well
21%
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.
The Coumadin (warfarin) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
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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  • Life threatening bleeding

    Coumadin (warfarin) dose too high

    ...and 8 more risk factors

  • Harm to fetus

    Women of childbearing age

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