Plavix contains the active medicine clopidogrel. It is only available with a doctor’s prescription.
Plavix is used to help prevent blood clots forming. It aims to reduce the risk of stroke, heart attack and death. It is mainly used by people who have heart trouble, who have had a stroke or who have trouble with the circulation in their legs.
Plavix belongs to a group of medicines called anti-platelet medicines. It works by stopping platelets (a small type of blood cell) from clumping to together to form clots. These clots can cause heart attacks and strokes.
Plavix comes as a tablet. The tablets should be swallowed whole with a full glass of water. It doesn’t matter whether you take Plavix with or without food.
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Information for medicine and pack size: Plavix 75 mg film-coated tablet, 28
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What this medicine is for
Prevention of vascular ischaemia associated with atherothrombotic events (myocardial infarction, stroke and vascular death) in patients with a history of symptomatic atherosclerotic disease. Acute Coronary Syndrome: Plavix is indicated in combination with aspirin for patients with: Unstable angina or non-ST-elevation myocardial infarction in order to prevent early and long-term atherothrombotic events (myocardial infarction, stroke, vascular death or refractory ischaemia). Plavix is indicated for the treatment of acute coronary syndrome whether or not patients undergo cardiac revascularisation (surgical or PCI, with or without stent); ST-segment elevation acute myocardial infarction in order to prevent atherothrombotic events. In this population, Plavix has been shown to reduce the rate of death from any cause and the rate of a combined endpoint of death, re-infarction or stroke in medically treated patients eligible for thrombolytic therapy.
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