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Plavix (Clopidogrel)

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Plavix (Clopidogrel)

Manufactured by: Sanofi Aventis

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to (Plavix (Clopidogrel))
Generic equivalents are not manufactured by: Sanofi Aventis

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Description:

Plavix Uses

Plavix Generic

Directions:

Take PLAVIX only as prescribed by your healthcare specialist. Do not take larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. Carefully follow the directions on your prescription label.

The usual dose of PLAVIX is one 75 mg tablet per day. If PLAVIX is used to treat a certain condition, the patient may be prescribed a higher dosage to start. It is recommended to take PLAVIX before or after eating food. The entire pill should be swallowed with a glass of water. Healthcare specialists suggest taking PLAVIX at the same time daily to get the best effect of the medication.

While taking PLAVIX (clopidogrel), there are certain things that patients should be mindful about. If you are taking PLAVIX, you should:

  • refrain from taking aspirin or other anti-inflammatory medications unless a healthcare specialist has been consulted
  • avoid sports and activities that could result in a bruising or bleeding injury.
  • use extra caution to avoid cuts when brushing teeth or shaving
  • avoid drinking alcohol while taking clopidogrel - it may increase risk of bleeding in stomach or intestines

Cautions:

Not all medications work effectively for all patients. You should not take PLAVIX if you:

  • have an allergic reaction to clopidogrel
  • experience bleeding (stomach ulcer or bleeding in the brain)
  • suffer from liver disease or damage
  • are pregnant
  • are breast-feeding
  • are planning to have surgery or dental work within 2 weeks
  • are taking other medications that reduce blood clotting, pain, and/or inflammatory conditions, including non-prescriptions
In certain circumstances, the patient may be able to take PLAVIX normally, however they may need a dose adjustment or special tests. Seek advice from your healthcare specialist if you have the following conditions:
  • a bleeding or blood clotting disorder
  • a history of stroke, including TIA ("mini-stroke")
  • a stomach ulcer or ulcerative colitis
  • kidney disease

    Side Effects:

    Patients should inform their healthcare specialist if they feel ill while taking PLAVIX. Like other medications, PLAVIX can have mild to serious side effects.

    Mild side effects of PLAVIX may include:

    • itching
    • stomach pain
    • fatigue
    • headaches
    • dizziness or faintness
    • diarrhea
    • stiffness in the joints
    • constipation
    • nose bleed
    Stop using PLAVIX and call your healthcare specialist if you suffer any of these serious side effects:
    • bleeding that will not stop
    • bloody stool and/or urine
    • coughing up blood
    • vomit that looks grainy
    • chest pain or heavy feeling
    • pain spreading to the arm or shoulder, sweating/clamminess & general ill feeling
    • sudden numbness or weakness, especially on one side of the body
    • sudden confusion
    • problems with vision, speech, or balance
    • pale skin, weakness, fever or jaundice
    • easy bruising
    • unusual bleeding (nose, mouth, vagina, or rectum)
    • purple or red pinpoint spots under your skin.
    Seek emergency medical attention if you experience any of these signs of an allergic reaction to PLAVIX:
    • hives or rash
    • difficulty breathing
    • swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat
    PLAVIX is a blood thinner that can make it easier for patients to bleed, even from a minor injury. Contact your healthcare specialist or seek emergency medical attention if you experience bleeding that will not stop. It is also possible to have internal bleeding. It is vital to contact your healthcare specialist if patients have bloody stools, or cough up blood or vomit that looks like coffee grounds. These could be signs of bleeding in your digestive tract.

    Other side effects not listed above may also occur in some patients. Consult your healthcare specialist if you notice any other effects.

    IMPORTANT NOTE: The above information is intended to increase awareness of health information and does not suggest treatment or diagnosis. This information is not a substitute for individual medical attention and should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. See your health care professional for medical advice and treatment.

    Product Code: 1723
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What is a Generic Drug?

A generic drug is a copy of the brand-name drug with the same dosage, safety, strength, quality, consumption method, performance, and intended use. Before generics become available on the market, the generic company must prove it has the same active ingredients as the brand-name drug and works in the same way and in the same amount of time in the body.

The only differences between generics and their brand-name counterparts is that generics are less expensive and may look slightly different (eg. different shape or color), as trademarks laws prevent a generic from looking exactly like the brand-name drug.

Generics are less expensive because generic manufacturers don't have to invest large sums of money to develop a drug. When the brand-name patent expires, generic companies can manufacture a copy of the brand-name and sell it at a substantial discount.

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