Compare Plavix vs. Pletal

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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
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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.
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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.
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Used for
  • Intermittent claudication
  • Cerebrovascular accident
  • Primary; Prophylaxis Cerebrovascular accident
  • Secondary; Prophylaxis Coronary stent stenosis
  • Subacute; Prophylaxis Coronary stent stenosis; Prophylaxis - Diabetes mellitus Femoral artery occlusion
  • After percutaneous coronary intervention; Prophylaxis Percutaneous coronary intervention - Thrombosis; Prophylaxis
Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Pill
Price
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Reviews
343 reviews so far
59%
saidit'sworth it
49%
saiditworked well
16%
saidit'sa big hassle

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Side effects
The Plavix (clopidogrel) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
The Pletal (Cilostazol) 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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