|Chemical name: Clopidogrel
Brand name: Plavix
Typical dosage: 75mg
Typical type: Tablet1
Clopidogrel is a medication used to treat a variety of cardiac conditions, including stroke. It is available as a brand name drug or as a generic and is an oral tablet.
Clopidogrel is a medication typically used to prevent stroke or heart attacks in patients who have acute coronary syndrome. It is also used to prevent a second stroke or heart attack in people who have already had one.
The brand name equivalent of Clopidogrel is called Plavix. It is typically taken once daily.
Clopidogrel reduces how much platelets stick together, which can help keep blood vessels clear for normal blood flow. This drug is typically well tolerated with minimal side effects.
Yes! 100% of Medicare Advantage plans and Medicare Part D plans cover Clopidogrel.1
Drug coverage may vary based on plan availability. You may be able to find Medicare Advantage plan options in your area that cover Clopidogrel.
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Your copay and deductible costs for any prescription drug can vary depending on what coverage stage you’re in.
|Deductible stage||Typical copay stage|
|Your deductible is the amount of money you must spend on covered drugs before your Medicare drug coverage starts paying its share of costs.
In the deductible stage, you’re responsible for the full cost of your prescription drugs.
Some Medicare prescription drug plans have a $0 deductible. Medicare drug plans cannot have a deductible more than $415 in 2019.
|After you meet your Part D deductible, you enter the initial coverage period.
During this phase (the typical copay stage), you pay a copayment (flat fee) or coinsurance (percentage) for your covered medications.
|Free – $19||Free – $19|
Clopidogrel should be taken daily with or without food. Keep taking Clopidogrel to prevent heart attack and stroke for as long as your doctor instructs you to, even if you don’t immediately feel any effects of taking the drug.
If you fall or hurt yourself, or if you hit your head, call your doctor right away. Talk with your doctor even if you feel fine, as you may bleed more easily. Be careful to avoid injury.
Use a soft toothbrush and an electric razor while taking Clopidogrel.
A severe blood problem called thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP) has occurred in some cases with this drug. Tell your doctor right away if you experience confusion, fatigue, trouble speaking, change in balance or a change in eyesight.
This article is for informational purposes only. It is not healthcare advice, treatment, or diagnosis. It is not an endorsement of or recommendation for this medication. Speak to your doctor or healthcare provider about your specific healthcare needs, including your prescription medications. Only take medication as directed by your doctor.
Coverage and costs of prescription medications will vary by Medicare plan. Not all plans are available in all areas.
Written by Hayden Gharibyar, Pharm.D.