Thursday, November 10, 2011

Should I Be Taking This? 4

People with stomach ulcers or conditions that cause bleeding should not use PLAVIX. Taking PLAVIX alone or with some other medicines, including aspirin, may increase bleeding risk which can potentially be life-threatening. So tell your doctor when planning surgery. Tell your doctor all medicines you take, including aspirin, especially if you’ve had a stroke. If fever, unexplained weakness or confusion develops, tell your doctor promptly. These may be signs of TTP, a rare but potentially life-threatening condition, reported sometimes less than 2 weeks after starting PLAVIX.

In most cases, a heart attack or stroke is caused by a blood clot that reduces or blocks the flow of blood through an artery. PLAVIX helps keep platelets in the blood from sticking together and forming blood clots. By keeping your blood flowing, PLAVIX helps reduce your risk of a future heart attack or stroke.

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