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Important Info on Plavix

What Are the Effects of Plavix?

Plavix, which is an antiplatelet medication (also known as a blood thinner), helps prevent platelets from sticking together and forming a potentially harmful clot. This helps your blood flow more easily. Clots that form in blood vessels can block the blood flow to important organs, such as the heart or brain, and may lead to heart attacks and strokes. As a result, Plavix reduces the risk of having a future event, while also improving blood circulation in people with peripheral vascular disease.

When and How Do I Take Plavix?

Some guidelines for taking the medication include the following:


  • The medication comes in tablet form and should be taken by mouth once a day.
  • You take Plavix with or without food.
  • For Plavix to work properly, you have to take it as prescribed. It will not work if you stop taking it.

What Are the Factors That Affect My Dosage?

The dosage your healthcare provider recommends will vary depending on a number of factors, including:
  • Other medical conditions you may have
  • Other medications you may be currently taking.
As is always the case, do not adjust your dose unless specifically instructed by your healthcare provider to do so.
(Click Plavix Dosage for more information on this topic.)
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