February 1, 2023

In this week’s episode of Know Your Drug, Brothers Matt Diehl and Nickolas Smithmyer discuss the prescription drug Plavix (Clopidogrel). Plavix is commonly prescribed to prevent strokes, heart attacks, and blood clots. This information is a general guideline and is not meant to replace physician orders. Patients using Plavix should use this medication according to their prescriber!

Hello my name is matthew dill and i’m nick smith minor we’re brothers of the professional pharmacy fraternity phi delta chi beta gamma chapter at the milan school of pharmacy duquesne university in pittsburgh pa and today’s episode of know your drug we will be discussing plavix also known as clopidogrel plavix is commonly prescribed to the prevention of heart attacks

Strokes and blood clots it is used many times after a patient experiences a heart attack as well as unstable angina or chest pain this set of symptoms is known as acute coronary syndrome today we’ll be highlighting the importance of using plavix in the treatment of these heart conditions plavix is a member of the class of drugs known as the thyroid pyridines which

Inhibit the aggregation or clumping of platelets which form hazardous clots in the body other drugs in the same class include tic load and fim these drugs all vary in some degree such as strength potency dosing and also duration of action however plavix has been shown to have the least severe gi side effects compared to ticklin there are a variety of chemicals and

Factors which affect the ability of the body to form blood clots platelets are the components of blood that are responsible for this biological function of clotting plavix prevents this clotting by inhibiting certain chemicals that help to crosslink platelets and thus prevent the platelets from forming an organized network which would later become a thrombosis or a

Blood clot plavix is most commonly taken as a 75 milligram dose taken once daily with or without food at the same time each day with a full glass of water for those who are at high risk of heart attack due to congestive heart failure or coronary artery disease plavix should be taken with low-dose aspirin but only after the consultation with a physician when first

Starting plavix is important to maintain your follow-up visits with your physician to ensure drug effectiveness without serious side-effects these visits may include liver function tests since plavix undergoes extensive liver metabolism in fact the metabolite or product of liver metabolism is the component of plavix that is active in the body another laboratory

Test that should be performed routinely is a cbc or complete blood test which analyzes all the components of the blood including red blood cells platelets and white blood cells while taking plavix is important to be aware of the potential for bleeding which is a sign of a major health risk associated with plavix bleeding may occur in the gi tract and would manifest

Itself in the stool if you experience the serious side effect speak to your physician immediately other minor minor side effects include abdominal pain diarrhea and nausea if you miss a dose of plavix take the missed dose as soon as you remember it’s almost time for your next dose skip the mixed miss dose and take the medicine at your next regularly scheduled time

Do not take extra medicine to make up for the missed dose some potential drug interaction is to be mindful of when taking plavix include off the concurrent taking of nsaids which include over-the-counter and prescription drugs such as a leave numbers naproxen and motrin known as ibuprofen platic should not be used with other anticoagulants such as coumadin also

Known as warm for warfarin as well as heparin an herbal supplement known as ginkgo biloba has antiplatelet effects so it generally should not be used in conjunction with plavix notify your doctor or pharmacist of any prescription herbal or other otc medications you take to ensure there are no serious interactions with your medications when used appropriately plavix

Has been proven effective in preventing cardiac events as a result of the inhibition of the clotting function especially in those at risk for such events due to heart disease or blood vessel diseases always remember pharmacist to the drug experts utilize them to show or ensure you are receiving the best pharmaceutical care possible and to know your drug on behalf

Of 5 delta chi and duke in universities milan school of pharmacy my name is matthew beale and i’m nick smith meijer and this has been no your drug you

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Plavix (Clopidogrel): Know Your Drug By Phi Delta Chi Beta Gamma