Many patients rely on Plavix as a preventative medication against blood clots after a stroke or heart attack. It also is taken by patients who have a particular type of heart disorder or disorders of the blood vessels, as well as a variesty of other medical purposes.
Important Plavix Information
Since Plavix keeps the blood from clotting it also makes bleeding much more profuse. This can occur even with a minor cut or injury. Be careful when shaving or brushing your teeth since these activities can also cause some bleeding. Get immediate medical attention if the bleeding does not stop.
There may also be bleeding inside the body. If there are dark or bloody stools, vomit that resembles coffee grounds or coughing up blood, these could be signs of internal bleeding, mainly in the digestive tract. Avoiding alcohol is a good idea to keep this from happening.
Plavix and Dental Work
If dental work or any type of surgery is needed, the dentist or surgeon should be aware that you are taking Plavix. They will direct you to stop using the medication within several days of the surgery to prevent too much bleeding. After the dental work or surgery, Plavix can be taken again per doctor's orders. The dose may have to be adjusted a few times until it reaches the proper levels. This always happens when Plavix is not taken for any reason. That's why it is also very important not to miss a dose or to double a dose if it is missed.
Plavix and Other Medications
Another very important factor to know about Plavix is that you should not take any aspirin or any other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. These include diclofenac, etodolac, ibuprofen, indomethacin, meloxican, nabumetone, naproxen, piroxicam and other types of drugs. Check with your doctor before taking any other kind of medication to be sure that it is safe to use. These medicines are also blood-thinners and will thin the blood even more when Plavix is also taken.
When Taking Plavix
Take it exactly as prescribed by the doctor. Consume a full glass of water when taking Plavix. This medication can be taken with or without food.
Monthly blood tests are taken to be sure the level of Plavix is the correct level for you. If it does change, the doctor may change the dose and do another test. This is the safest way to be sure that there is not too much or too little Plavix in the system. It also ensures that there are no other negative effects happening in the body.
Plavix Side Effects
There are many side effects that can occur while taking Plavix. Some of them are not serious at all, such as itching. The serious side effects are numerous and include:
- Nosebleeds or bleeding that will not stop
- Bloody or tarry stools and blood in the urine
- Pain or heavy feeling in the chest, pain spreading to the arm or shoulder, sweating, nausea and a general ill feeling
- Weakness or numbness that occurs suddenly mainly on one side of the body
- Confusion, vision, speak or balance problems, or sudden headache
- Weakness, fever, jaundice or pale skin
- Bleeding from the nose, mouth, rectum or vagina, easy bruising, red or purple pinpoints under the skin.
These are just a few of the possible side effects. If there are any other noticeable changes, contact the doctor. If you have face, tongue, lip or throat swelling, difficult breathing, or hives, stop taking Plavix immediately. These may be allergic reactions. Get your doctor's help or emergency assistance at once.