Plavix and Alcohol
Plavix generic name clopidogrel is used to prevent blood clots after recent heart attack or stroke as well as in people with certain disorders of the heart or blood vessels. It functions by impeding the ability of platelets in your blood from coagulating to prevent unwanted blood clots that can occur with with certain disorders of the heart or blood vessels.
It is suggested that patients do not consume alcohol even moderate drinking while using this drug as bleeding of the stomach or intestines may occur.
At this time the medical community defines moderate consumption of alcohol as no more than two drinks per day and no more than 14 drinks per week. If anything more than that it is considered an unhealthy dependency on alcohol that may have adverse social, family and health consequences.
If a person drinks only once or twice a week but drinks on the same days each week and more than two drinks this is considered as an alcohol dependency.
If a person binge drinks at any time during the week this is also considered as alcoholism.
Some consider alcoholism as a disease while others consider it an addiction which is the result of personal choice and character fault. This school of thought blames the alcoholism on life style choices.
Personally I consider alcoholism a genetic tendency as I have seen families of alcoholics even when they live far apart. These unfortunate people are probably dependent on alcohol from the first drink.
When alcohol interacts with prescription over the counter drugs it usually results in negative health effects most especially liver damage as the main organ affected.
Before using Plavix advise your doctor if you are allergic to any other drug or substance, if you are using dietary or herbal supplements, are pregnant, plan to be or are breastfeeding, have an active stomach ulcer, a bleeding or blood clotting disorder such as Thrombocytopenic purpura or hemophilia, history of stroke including mini-stroke, stomach ulcer, ulcerative colitis or kidney disease.
Less serious side effects are constipation, drowsy, diarrhea, dizzy, gas, headache, heartburn, nausea, stomach upset or itching. If these occur call your physician for advice.
Serious side effects are severe allergic reactions such as hives difficult breathing, tight chest, swelling of the mouth, nosebleed or other bleeding that will not stop, bloody or tarry stools, blood in your urine, coughing up blood or granular vomit, chest pain, heavy feeling, pain spreading to arm and shoulder, nausea, sweating, general ill feeling, numbness or weakness especially on one side of the body, sudden headache, confusion, vision, speech or balance problems, pale skin, weakness, fever, jaundice, easy bruising, bleeding from nose, mouth, vagina or rectum, purple or red pinpint spots under your skin. If these occur get emergency medical help.
This site serves as an information source only and does not dispense medical advice or any other kind of advice. If you are seeking medical advice you are advised to consult your own physician.
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