Compare Plavix vs. aspirin
Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.
Plavix (clopidogrel) is a cheap, generically available blood thinner that protects you from clots after you've had a heart attack or surgery.
Ecotrin (aspirin) can be used for pain and fever relief or heart protection, and is generally very safe and affordable.
- 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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- 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
- Reye's Syndrome in children
- Children 18 years or younger
- Children recovering from viral infections
- 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)