Plavix is an effective medication used in the prevention and treatment of thrombosis. The active agent of the drug is clopidogrel. The way of usage and determination of plavix dosage carried out as prescribed by the attending physician. Drug is taken orally, regardless of mealtime.
Plavix dosage of 75 mg 1 time a day is prescribed to patients with myocardial infarction, ischemic stroke, as well as to individuals diagnosed with occlusive peripheral arterial disease. In unstable angina, treatment should be started with single oral dose of 300 mg.
Then, treatment should be continued by increasing the dosage of Plavix to seventy-five mg once a day in combination with acetylsalicylic acid (up to three hundred milligrams per day). The beneficial effect of treatment can be observed by the third month of treatment course. However, the duration of treatment for each patient is individual and depends on the doctor’s recommendations.
In acute myocardial infarction Plavix dosage is seventy-five mg which is taken once per day with a single loading dose of three hundred mg in combination with acetylsalicylic acid. Patients older than 75 years should not take the initial loading dose.
Patients, who have had myocardial infarction, should refrain from taking the drug for several days. Overdose of medicines during treatment can lead to an increase in bleeding time. The likelihood of complications in the form of bleeding is also possible.