From Pharmacy Drug Guide
Plavix®is an anti-clotting drug manufactured by Bristol-Myers Squibb and Sanofi that is used to reduce the risk of stroke or heart attack caused by a blood clot. Plavix® is not a cheap drug; a four-week supply can cost as much as $120.
Generic Plavix®, or clopidogrel, costs less than the brand name medication, but using Plavix® drug coupons, Plavix® printable coupon discounts, manufacturer's rebates and patient assistance programs can enable patients to continue using the brand name. Patients may be eligible for the free Plavix® Choice Card, which reduces the out-of-pocket cost to as low as $37 for insured consumers. Plavix® coupons are offered directly by the manufacturer and may also be available from healthcare providers.
|Brand name for||Clopidogrel|
|Plavix® manufacturer||Bristol-Myers Squibb and Sanofi |
|Uses||To reduce the risk of stroke or heart attack in at risk patients.|
|Side effects||Dizziness, excessive tiredness, nausea, stomach pain, headache, nosebleed, diarrhea.|
|Types of coupons||Plavix® Choice Card, discounts, promotional offers and prescription support programs|
|Disclaimer||The information provided by PharmacyDrugGuide is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Do not take any action based on the information on this page without consulting a physician.|
Plavix Coupons and Patient Assistance Programs
- The Plavix® Choice Card was designed to help patients continue taking Plavix® even after generics hit the market. Some Plavix® users must pay $100 or more since the introduction of generics if they want to keep using the brand-name version. The FDA requires generic drugs to be equally effective and safe as brand-name versions. However, those who still prefer brand-name Plavix® can avoid escalated co-pays with the Plavix® Chioce Card, which reduces insured patients' costs to $37 or more per prescription. The enrollment form is on the official Plavix® website, and users can take the card with their prescription to participating pharmacies like Walgreens and Duane reed to get the discount.
- Bristol-Myers Squibb has a patient assistance program for people who can not afford their Plavix® (clopidogrel) prescription. Information on this prescription discount and support program is available from the Bristol-Myers Squibb Lifelines of Care Patient Assistance Foundation.
Plavix® is a brand name for the generic drug clopidogrel. It is in a class of medicines called anti-platelet drugs. It can help prevent blood clots, which are the most common causes of heart attacks and strokes. Plavix® (clopidogrel) is available by prescription only.
Plavix® is classified as a blood thinner medication usually taken to prevent heart attacks, strokes and transient ischemic attacks (TIAs) in patients who are at risk for clot-related events or have certain coronary and blood vessel conditions such as peripheral artery disease (PAD).  Antiplatelet drugs may also be prescribed to patients after heart bypass surgery, stent replacement and angioplasty, or for blood clot prevention in patients with atrial fibrillation. Common Plavix® side effects include nausea, stomach pain, dizziness, excessive tiredness, headache, nosebleed and diarrhea. Plavix® works by preventing the formation of blood clots that can cause strokes or heart attacks. 
Plavix® carries an FDA boxed warning, stating that the drug may be less effective in patients with reduced functioning of their CYP2C19 liver enzyme. Certain genetic traits can reduce the effectiveness of Plavix®, as can GERD medications like Prilosec and Nexium.
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