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What is Plavix?
The active ingredient of Plavix is clopidogrel. This drug keeps the platelets from clotting (coagulating), which prevents blood clots from forming in the blood vessels. Plavix is generally used after a person has suffered a stroke or heart attack; though it is also used as a treatment for a number of other conditions.
What are the indications for using Plavix?
Plavix is generally used by people with peripheral artery disease as a prevention medicine or as a treatment for the following conditions:
- Myocardial infarction – (otherwise known as a heart attack) is a condition during which the blood stops flowing to certain parts of the heart, which injures the heart muscle. Using antiplatelet drugs after a heart attack is especially important, if the heart attack was treated with a coronary stent.
- Stroke – damage to the brain matter as a result of a disturbance in the blood supply. This condition happens either as a result of poor blood flow (ischemia) or a burst vessel (hemorrhage), though Plavix can only be used when it is caused by ischemia.
What is the dosage of Plavix?
Depending on the situation the dosage of Plavix will change:
- 300 mg loading dose and 75 mg once daily (combined with 75-325 mg of aspirin) for patient with UA/NSTEMI (unstable angina /non-ST-elevation myocardial infarction)
- 75 mg once daily (combined with 75-325 mg of aspirin) for patient with STEMI
- 75 mg once daily for patient who recently had a myocardial infarction, stroke, or established peripheral artery disease.
What are the contraindications for using Plavix?
Plavix is contraindicated to people who have an active bleeding such as intracranial hemorrhage, peptic ulcer, etc. Plavix should not be used by people with hypersensitivity to clopidogrel.
What are the adverse effects of Plavix?
Serious adverse effects of Plavix include:
- Hemorrhage - especially if this drug was used in combination with aspirin. This includes:
- Any major bleeding – 3.7%
- Life-threatening bleeding – 2.2%
- Hemorrhagic stroke – 0.1%
- Thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura - a very rare condition (the likelihood of which is 4 per 1,000,000) during which a large number of microscopic clots are formed in small blood vessels throughout the whole vascular system.