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Patient Alert: How to Get the Best Price on New Generic Plavix
Plavix and stent
Our survey found prices ranging from 35¢ to $6 per pill. Read on to learn more, including a price comparison that shows you where to shop, a look at the role of online patient communities, breaking news about Plavix co-pay discounts, and more resources to help you get the most affordable antiplatelet drugs.... (read more)
After Stent or Angioplasty: Effient (Prasugrel) Bests Plavix (Clopidogrel) for Patients with High Platelet Reactivity
Effient and Plavix
Double-Dose Clopidogrel (Plavix) Does Not Reduce Heart Attack or Stent Thrombosis for Angioplasty Patients with High Platelet Reactivity
Plavix
In the case of angioplasty or stent patients who are at high risk for adverse events, such as stent thrombosis, a new study concludes that a double dose of clopidogrel (Plavix) "did not reduce the incidence of death from cardiovascular causes, nonfatal myocardial infarction, or stent thrombosis.".... (read more)
Experts on Antiplatelet Medication
Dr. Fausto Feres
Is 90 Days of Dual Antiplatelet Therapy Enough?
Dr. Fausto Feres on a new trial in Brazil testing whether 3 months of dual antiplatelet therapy after therapy with the Endeavor DES may be sufficient. Dr. Feres discusses the OPTIMIZE Trial of 3,200 patients... (read more)
Dr. Eric Topol
Genomics Could Be Key To Individualizing Antiplatelet Therapy
Dr. Eric J. Topol, Director of the Scripps Translational Science Institute, discusses his work in genomic studies of platelet responsiveness and its implications in determining the optimal duration of dual antiplatelet therapy... (read more)
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Dr. Mark Feldman
How OCT May Affect Antiplatelet Medication Usage
Dr. Mark Feldman discusses how Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) may impact how long patients stay on Plavix after a procedure.... (read more)
Patient Forum Discussions
Doctor and Patient
Plavix, Effient, Aspirin and Stents
What is the normal dosage and length of treatment with Plavix (clopidogrel) or Effient (prasugrel) and aspirin after having a stent? Have you experienced any allergic reactions or side-effects? Some patients find.... (Join Discussion)
Patient Forum
Financial Assistance for Plavix and Other Prescription Drugs
Struggling to afford your antiplatelet medication? There are numerous suggestions as to how you can may be able to get assistance. For low income patients, it can be difficult to....
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Heart Animation
Plavix (Clopidogrel) and Surgery
The surgeon wants to minimize the risk of bleeding, so typically patients are asked to stop any blood thinners prior to surgery. The conflict occurs when a patients needs to stay on Plavix, aspirin, etc. because of a stent, but also requires major surgery. ....
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Recovery And Medication After Angioplasty
Stent

It's important to take all medications prescribed by your cardiologist, especially your DAPT (Dual AntiPlatelet Therapy) which usually consists of aspirin and clopidogrel or equivalent (prasugrel, etc.) to keep the blood from clotting inside the stent. Depending on the type of stent, this must be taken for up to a year or more ....
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