Plavix is a prescription drug that prevents platelets from clumping together and forming blood clots. It helps blood flow more easily and reduces the risk of a future stroke or heart attack. One general kind of antithrombotic drug is known as an antiplatelet drug because it helps to prevent platelets from sticking to one another. Platelets are cell-like structures in your blood that help form a blood clot. Clopidogrel, the generic name for Plavix, is one such antiplatelet medication.
In patients who need an antiplatelet effect within hours, initiate Plavix with a single 300 mg oral loading dose and then continue at 75 mg once daily. Initiating Plavix without a loading dose will delay the establishment of an antiplatelet effect by several days.
Tell your doctor if you have serious side effects of Plavix including:
- Bleeding that will not stop,
- Bloody or tarry stools, blood in your urine,
- Coughing up blood or vomit that looks like coffee grounds,
- Chest pain or heavy feeling, pain spreading to the arm or shoulder, nausea, sweating, general ill feeling.