Plavix Dosage

by on May 18, 2012

Plavix (Clopigodrel) comes in several dosages.  For those who have acute coronary artery disease, the starting dosage might be somewhat higher than what is normally prescribed.

However, for the majority of people, doctors generally recommend beginning with a 75 mg tablet taken orally.  There is also a 300 mg dosage for those who have been found to be at severe risk for stroke, heart attack, or other clotting issues.

The dosage that might be prescribed to you is dependent on a number of various factors.  Some of these are directly related to other medical conditions you might have, and any other types of medications you might currently be on as well.  An important point to be made here is that you, yourself should never adjust the dosage of Plavix without a doctor authorizing you to do so.

Basic Dosage Instructions

As with any medication, there are general instructions that you should follow when you’re taking Plavix.

  • Plavix works far more effectively if it is taken at the same time every day.  You choose whether you’d like to take your meds in the morning or in the evening, but choosing and sticking with the same pattern helps maintain the proper level of Plavix in your body.
  • If you ever find that you have forgotten a dosage within a 12 hour period, take the missed dosage as soon as you remember, however, if it is too close to the missed one, the skip this entirely and stick with your normal medicated plan.
  • You’ll also find with Plavix that it isn’t like other medications where you have to take it with food.  You can choose to have food or not to.

If at any point and time you find that there is something you don’t understand about Plavix you can always contact your doctor’s office and ask to speak with a nurse, or you can contact your pharmacist who can help you out.  Whatever you do, you should not stop taking Plavix unless you have been authorized to do so by your doctor.