Plavix that takes the generic name: Clopidogrel, contains Clopidogrel Hydrogen Sulphate, an anti-platelet that has a blood-thinning effect. It can prevent blood clots that occur due to clumping up of platelets, a type of cell in the blood.
Conditions treated with Plavix
Plavix is mainly used for treating strokes and heart-attacks. It is also given to those who have already experienced the aforementioned or any other circulatory problems caused due to narrowness of the arteries to reduce threats to the life. Conditions determined by the doctors in addition to the above can also be treated with Plavix.
Reaction of Plavix on the body
Those who have suffered from heart attacks or strokes at least once in their lifetime are prone to recurrent episodes due to Atherosclerosis – accumulation of cholesterol and fat in the arteries. This leads to increased probability of forming blood clots in the vessels due to narrowness of the pathway to smooth blood flow.
Blood clots formed in this manner can disturb the blood supply to bodily organs such as heart and brain or the extremities such as legs. In such situations, use of Plavix or Clopidogrel can prevent Adenosine Diphosphate (ADP) – a clot-forming chemical in the body – bundling up with platelets to form blood clots.
Usage and dosage instructions
Dosage and usage may differ depending on the type as well as the magnitude of the complication Therefore, following the doctor’s advice is recommended.
The list below indicates some of the side effects that can be experienced due to usage of Plavix. Side effects can be manifold and personal. As such, complications can be beyond what’s explained below. Seeking doctor’s advice can be useful in early identification and treatment for the benefit of the patient.
Even though some of the side effects mentioned below are rare and unlikely to occur, it is important to be aware of them.
Common complaints include:
Bleeding: nose-bleeding, bleeding in the stomach or bowels.
Rare incidents include:
Rashes or itching.
Inflammation of the stomach
Blood in the urine.
Bleeding in the skin (purpura)
Bleeding in the eyes or brain.
Drop of platelets in the blood (thrombocytopenia).
Fluctuations of white blood cells
Extremely rare incidents include:
Serious fatal bleeding
Bleeding in the lungs or joints
Pain in the muscles or joints
Severe skin reactions
Low blood pressure (hypotension)
There can be certain genetic conditions that do not permit Plavix as a drug. Therefore, it is important to check the suitability of the patient to use this drug prior to treatments. Blood tests have to be done in this regard and the doctors will advise their patients about it in due course.
Plavix is not safe during active bleeding such as stomach ulcers and internal bleeding due to head injuries etc.
Plavix may interact with certain other drugs and, as such, should not be used simultaneously. Keep the doctor informed, especially if any stomach acid reducers are used, so the treatment plan can be adjusted accordingly.