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Plavix Precautions and Warnings

As with any drug, there are certain things you should be aware of prior to taking Plavix. Precautions and warnings concerning Plavix include telling your doctor about any active bleeding you are experiencing (such as a stomach ulcer) and any bleeding or blood disorder you may have. Plavix may interact with a number of different drugs. Other Plavix precautions and warnings involve the risk for major bleeding associated with the drug.

Plavix Precautions and Warnings: What to Tell Your Doctor Prior to Taking Plavix

You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking Plavix® (clopidogrel bisulfate) if you have:
  • Active bleeding anywhere in your body, such as a stomach ulcer or bleeding within the head (type of stroke)
  • A bleeding or blood disorder
  • Liver disease
  • Kidney disease
  • Any allergies
  • Had any recent injuries or surgeries.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you:
  • Are going to have any type of surgery or other invasive procedures
  • Are pregnant or breastfeeding.
If after starting Plavix, you feel that it takes longer than normal for you to stop bleeding, even after a minor cut, you should contact your doctor.
Also, inform your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

Some Plavix Precautions and Warnings

Some Plavix precautions and warnings to be aware of include the following:
  • Plavix can interact with certain medications (see Plavix Drug Interactions).
  • Plavix is considered a pregnancy Category B drug. This means that it is unlikely to harm an unborn baby. However, be sure to discuss your pregnancy with your healthcare provider before using Plavix.
  • If you are nursing or plan to nurse, it is not known if Plavix passes through your milk. Therefore, if you are taking Plavix, it is recommended to that you do not take Plavix until you discuss it with your doctor.
  • If you are allergic to ticlopidine (Ticlid®) or prasugrel (Effient®), there is a chance you could be allergic to Plavix as well since they are chemically similar.
  • If you take Plavix and aspirin, you increase your risk of bruising or bleeding more easily.
  • People taking Plavix may be at increased risk for developing a rare condition called thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura, or TTP for short. This is a condition that can be fatal if not treated. If you notice that it takes longer to stop bleeding or if you have fever, headache, shortness of breath, or purplish discolorations on your skin, call your healthcare provider.
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