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Taking Plavix Safely

What Are Common Side Effects Associated With Plavix?

As with any medicine, there are possible side effects associated with taking Plavix. However, not everyone who takes it will experience side effects. When side effects do occur, in most cases they are minor, meaning that they require no treatment or are easily treated by your healthcare provider.
Common side effects of Plavix include, but are not limited to:
  • Major bleeding
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Pain, including back pain and abdominal pain
  • Diarrhea
  • Upset stomach or indigestion (dyspepsia)
  • Bruising
  • Bloody nose
  • Unexplained rash
  • Itchy skin.
Because Plavix can increase the risk for major or life-threatening bleeding, contact your doctor immediately if you notice that it takes longer for bleeding to stop, you have any unusual bleeding, or have any of the following symptoms:
  • Bloody nose
  • Black, tarry stools
  • Blood in the urine or stools
  • Vomiting blood
  • Red or purple spots on the skin
  • Itchy skin or rash.
(Click Plavix Side Effects to learn more about the specific side effects of this drug.)

Drug Interactions

Plavix can potentially interact with a number of medicines.
(Click Plavix Drug Interactions for more information about these possible interactions.)
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