Plavix

Name:

Plavix

Generic Name:

Clopidogrel Bisulfate

Form:

Tablet

Medication Class:

Platelet Inhibitor

Active Ingredient:

Clopidogrel Bisulfate

Pregnancy Category:

Consult your physician (Category B)

About this medication

Plavix is the name of the medication. It comes in the form of a tablet, and should be taken by mouth. It belongs to a class of medications called Platelet Inhibitor.

Why is this medication prescribed

Platelets are blood cells that help your blood clot normally. This is good in case you get injured. Platelets stick together and form a blood clot. But sometimes clotting is bad. It can block an artery, and lead to a heart attack or a stroke (brain attack).

How does it work

Plavix belongs to a group of medications called platelet inhibitors. They prevent platelets from sticking together. It is a blood thinner medicine. It is used for preventing harmful blood clots that may cause heart attacks or strokes.

How to use it

This medication comes as a tablet. You should put it in your mouth and swallow it with a glass of water. Do not chew, break or crush it. Swallow it whole.

What to do if you are pregnant

Tell your physician if you become pregnant. There are not enough studies about this medication in pregnant women. Use the medication during pregnancy only if clearly needed.

Last Update: May 13th 2017
Data sources: Label (May 13th 2017), FDA (May 31st 2015)