Plavix is an antiplatelet drug that prevents blood clots from forming. It’s prescribed to lower the risk of blood clots and stroke after a heart attack or in people with serious heart problems including angina.
Always follow your doctor’s instructions and use Plavix exactly as prescribed.
When taking Plavix, avoid:
Don’t take Plavix if you have:
Plavix may cause bleeding that can be life-threatening if left untreated. Signs of bleeding include:
Other less serious side effects include:
When can I stop taking Plavix?
Stopping Plavix abruptly may increase your risk of heart attack or stroke. Don’t discontinue Plavix unless under the direction of your doctor.
Can I drink alcohol while taking Plavix?
Alcohol is not recommended while taking Plavix, as it may increase your risk of bleeding. If you do drink alcohol while taking Plavix, watch closely for signs of bleeding (bruising, bloody stool or urine, coughing or vomiting blood) and report them to your doctor immediately.