Clopidogrel is an antiplatelet drug used to prevent heart attack and stroke by treating blood clots. Clopidogrel is generic Plavix, It works by blocking adenosine diphosphate (ADP) receptors on certain blood cells called platelets. The blocking of these receptors inhibits platelet aggregation which can in turn prevent unwanted clots. The main goal of prescribing Clopidogrel (Plavix) is to allow blood to circulate smoothly through the body. Save money by purchasing your generics through one of the largest mail order pharmacies, Global Pharmacy Canada.
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Uses of Clopidogrel
Clopidogrel (Plavix) is most commonly prescribed to those with pre-existing circulatory problems such as hardening of the arteries or angina and those who have previously suffered from a heart attack or stroke. It works by keeping blood from coagulating or clotting, therefore preventing unwanted clots caused by a variety of different conditions. Those with coronary artery disease, peripheral vascular disease and cerebrovascular disease can all benefit from the use of this antiplatelet drug.
Side Effects of Clopidogrel
There are possible side effects from the use of Clopidogrel (Plavix). Minor problems include headache, fatigue, dizziness, upset stomach, nausea and diarrhea. In some instances flu-like symptoms, rash, muscle or chest pain have occurred. Clopidogrel (Plavix) has also been connected with gastrointestinal bleeding, urinary tract infection, respiratory tract infection, and skin discoloration. Some users have experienced allergic reactions seen by severe rash, swelling, itching, intense dizziness and trouble breathing. In very rare cases, major infection has been known to be a side effect of Clopidogrel (Plavix) use. Those taking it should immediately contact their doctor after experiencing signs of infection which consist of weakness, dizziness, high fever and changes in vision and speech. Although unlikely, serious bleeding can occur while taking this prescription. Signs of this are unusual bruising or bleeding, dark colored stools and severe vomiting that looks like coffee grounds. Use of Clopidogrel (Plavix) in conjunction with anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen or aspirin can increase the risk of bleeding.