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Brand name: Plavix

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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Active ingredient in this medicine: clopidogrel

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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.

Table of characteristics
Table of characteristics
Active ingredient
Visual appearance PINK ROUND SLIGHTLY BICONVEX, FILM-COATED TABLETS 8.6MM IN DIAMETER AND 3.7MM IN THICKNESS, ENGRAVED WITH "75" ON ONE SIDE AND 1171 ON THE REVERSE.
Dosage Form Tablet, film coated
Route of administration Oral
Medicine schedule
112: Prescription Only Medicine, or Prescription Animal Remedy
120: Prescription Only Medicine, or Prescription Animal Remedy
90: Prescription Only Medicine, or Prescription Animal Remedy

There is one type of pack available.

Pack type 1
Pack type 1
Type Bottle
Storage temperature Store below 25 degrees Celsius
Storage conditions No information available
Life time 3 Years
This medicine was verified as being available on the PBS (Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme) on 1 November 2017

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