According to Drugs.com, Plavix, or clopidogrel bisulfate, is a drug used to prevent blood clots in patients suffering from recent heart attacks and stroke, patients with acute coronary syndrome and peripheral arterial disease 345. According to Consumerreports.com, Plavix belongs to a class of medications known as antiplatelets 15. Other antiplatelets that can be used instead of Plavix include Integrilin, Aggrastat and Effient 3.
If you are experiencing serious medical symptoms, seek emergency treatment immediately.
According to Drugs.com, Integrilin, also known as eptifibatide, prevents platelets from sticking together 345. Patients allergic to eptifibatide should avoid taking Integrilin. Patients with active stomach ulcers and stomach bleeding should also avoid Integrilin. Common side effects of Integrilin include nausea, dizziness, stomach pain, easy bruising and bleeding. Integrilin interferes with clotting of blood and may cause blood disorders.
Drugs.com states that Aggrastat, also known as tirofiban, is an antiplatelet that inhibits blood clotting by preventing platelets from sticking together 345. Patients allergic to tirofiban should not use Aggrastat 3. Patients with stroke, active bleeding and clotting disorders should also avoid Aggrastat 3. Common side effects of Aggrastat include:
- leg pain
- pelvic pain
- easy bruising
- bleeding 3
Aggrastat interferes with blood clotting and may cause blood disorders 3. Signs and symptoms of blood disorders include
- sore throat
- purple spots under the skin
- black tarry stool
- coughing blood
- coffee grounds vomit
- abdominal pain
According to Drugs.com, Effient is also known as prasugrel and is an antiplatelet that inhibits the formation of blood clots by preventing platelets from sticking together 345. Common side effects of Effient include:
- back pain
- easy bruising
Effient interferes with blood clotting and may cause blood disorders.
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