Plavix is a drug that prevents the aggregation, that is, bonding of the platelets and thus the formation of blood clots. Active substance of this drug is clopidogrel – significantly reduces blood clotting and dilates coronary vessels, that is, those ones that provide blood to the heart.
Plavix is prescribed to people:
- With severe atherosclerotic phenomena to prevent thrombosis and malnutrition of tissues after heart attacks and strokes.
- With various diseases of vessels, accompanied by their “compression” – occlusion, to patients with acute coronary syndrome.
Plavix is produced in the form of a pill, which is taken once a day, without reference to food intake. The different schemes of using this medication in the treatment of specific states are described in the detailed instruction of the drug.
Plavix shouldn’t be prescribed in case of bleeding, severe dysfunction of the liver, individual intolerance of the drug. This drug is forbidden to pregnant women, nursing mothers and adolescents under eighteen years of age. There is a group of patients who should take this drug with great care (these are people with various diseases of liver or kidneys, with injuries before or after surgery, patients who are likely to have bleeding or who take other blood thinners).
Side effects of Plavix
The use of Plavix can cause side effects that affect various systems of the body. For example, the central nervous system can respond with headache and dizziness, and even hallucinations. The digestive system, including the liver may also suffer. There will be especially severe consequences of the intake of Plavix in the case of bleeding; it is due to the fact that clotting of the blood in such cases is extremely low. It can also disrupt the process of hematopoiesis, leading to leukopenia, thrombocytopenia and so on. Sometimes patients suffer from inflammatory reaction from the blood vessels, joints, kidneys. Sometimes there are allergic reactions, from urticaria to anaphylactic shock or angioedema. Among other side effects there was described an increase of creatinine in the blood or heat.
Admittedly Plavix is an effective drug that can radically change the situation in case of the risk of blood clots. Certain groups of patients are recommended to take it for long period of time – over several years. Such therapy helps many patients to restore health, and extend life.