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Clopidogrel (Plavix )

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What is the Generic Name for Plavix?

Clopidogrel

What is the Trade Name for Clopidogrel?

Plavix

What are the Indications of Clopidogrel (Plavix )?

  • Atherosclerotic events
  • MI, CVA
  • PVD
  • Acute coronary syndrome

What are the Actions of Clopidogrel (Plavix )?

Inhibits platelet aggregation

What is the Therapeutic Class of Clopidogrel (Plavix )?

Antiplatelet agent

What is the Pharmacologic Class of Clopidogrel (Plavix )?

Platelet aggregation inhibitors

What are the Nursing Considerations of Clopidogrel (Plavix )?

  • May cause GI bleeding, neutropenia, hypercholesterolemia
  • May increase risk for bleeding in warfarin, aspirin, heparin
  • Can increase risk for bleeding with garlic, ginkgo, ginger
  • Monitor for signs of bleeding
  • Monitor bleeding times
  • Monitor CBC and platelet count
  • Discontinue use 5-7 days before surgery

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