Compare Plavix vs. aspirin

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Plavix (clopidogrel)

Prescription only

Ecotrin (aspirin)

Prescription or OTC
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.

3.7/ 5 average rating with 343 reviewsforPlavix
Relieves pain, fever, and inflammation.

Ecotrin (aspirin) can be used for pain and fever relief or heart protection, and is generally very safe and affordable.

3.8/ 5 average rating with 533 reviewsforaspirin
  • 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.
  • Ecotrin (aspirin) provides the best protection for your heart to prevent heart attacks and stroke with the lowest risk of side effects
  • It is available over-the-counter in drugstores on its own and in combination with other cold and flu medications.
  • Ecotrin (aspirin) is available as a cheaper, generic form.
  • Ecotrin (aspirin) is available in several forms, including tablets, chewable tablets, and suppositories.
  • 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.
  • Ecotrin (aspirin) is not a preferred medication for treating pain, inflammation, or fever due to the high risk of bleeding.
  • Ecotrin (aspirin) increases the risk of bleeding, especially when used with other blood thinner medications like Coumadin (warfarin).
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  • Pill
  • Extended release
  • Suppository
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Side effects
The Plavix (clopidogrel) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
The Ecotrin (aspirin) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
Risks and risk factors
  • Weakened ability to prevent blood clots
    • Taking Prilosec or Nexium
    • People with certain genes that make Plavix (clopidogrel) less effective
  • Life-threatening bleeding
    • History of stomach bleeding
    • Taking other medicines that increase the levels of Plavix (clopidogrel) in your body
    • Taking other blood thinners or medicines that increase the risk of bleeding
  • Unexplained bruising and purple spots on skin
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  • Reye's Syndrome in children
    • Children 18 years or younger
    • Children recovering from viral infections
  • Bleeding
    • History of stomach bleeding or ulcers
    • Taking Ecotrin (aspirin), NSAIDs, or blood thinners
    • Alcohol use
    • People 75 years and older taking high dose (325mg) of Ecotrin (aspirin)
  • Serious allergic reactions
    • Allergy to Ecotrin (aspirin)
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