Plavix (clopidogrel) helps to prevent platelets in your blood from sticking together and forming a blood clot. Unwanted blood clots can occur with certain heart or blood vessel conditions.

Plavix is used to prevent blood clots after a recent heart attack or stroke, and in people with certain disorders of the heart or blood vessels.

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  • Plavix
  • More common
    Chest pain
    collection of blood under the skin
    deep, dark purple bruise
    itching, pain, redness, or swelling
    pain in general
    red or purple spots on the skin, varying in size from pinpoint to large bruises
    Less common
    Nosebleed
    painful or difficult urination
    shortness of breath
    vomiting of blood or material that looks like coffee grounds
    Rare
    Black, tarry stools
    blistering, flaking, or peeling of the skin
    blood in the urine or stools
    confusion
    fever, chills, or sore throat
    headache (sudden, severe)
    nausea or vomiting
    stomach pain (severe)
    ulcers, sores, or white spots in the mouth
    unusual bleeding or bruising
    weakness (sudden)
    Incidence not known
    Abdominal or stomach cramps or swelling
    back pain or backaches
    blurred vision
    change in mental status
    cough or hoarseness
    dark urine
    difficulty with breathing or swallowing
    difficulty with speaking
    dizziness
    dizziness, faintness, or lightheadedness when getting up suddenly from a lying or sitting position
    fast heartbeat
    feeling of discomfort
    general feeling of tiredness or weakness
    hives
    inflammation of the joints
    itching
    light-colored stools
    lower back or side pain
    muscle aches
    pale color of the skin
    puffiness or swelling of the eyelids or around the eyes, face, lips, or tongue
    rash
    reddening of the skin, especially around the ears
    seizures
    sweating
    swelling of the eyes, face, or inside of the nose
    swollen lymph glands
    swollen or painful glands
    tightness in the chest
    unusual tiredness or weakness
    upper right abdominal or stomach pain
    watery or bloody diarrhea
    wheezing
    yellow eyes or skin
    Some clopidogrel side effects may not need any medical attention. As your body gets used to the medicine these side effects may disappear. Your health care professional may be able to help you prevent or reduce these side effects, but do check with them if any of the following side effects continue, or if you are concerned about them:

    Incidence not known
    Bad, unusual, or unpleasant (after) taste
    bloating
    change in taste
    constipation
    diarrhea
    difficulty with moving
    headache
    hives or welts
    indigestion
    loss of appetite
    muscle pain or stiffness
    noisy breathing
    pain in the joints
    pains in the stomach, side, or abdomen, possibly radiating to the back
    redness, soreness, or itching skin
    seeing, hearing, or feeling things that are not there
    skin blisters
    sores, welting, or blisters
    swelling or inflammation of the mouth
  • (clopidogrel bisulfate) tablet, film coated