Who needs Plavix

Who needs Plavix?

This super aspirin is meant mainly for people at high risk of having a heart attack or stroke.

If you have read a magazine or watched television, odds are you've seen an ad about taking Plavix to cut your chances of having a heart attack or stroke. Looking at the hale and hearty models used in these ads, it would be easy to get the impression that Plavix is for everyone.

It isn't. The drug is meant for people in five high-risk groups: those who have had a heart attack or stroke, who have had an artery-opening stent implanted, who have peripheral arterial disease, who have unstable angina (chest pain at rest), or who cannot take aspirin. Others can take Plavix, of course, but it may be more drug than they need, or the possible side effects might outweigh any small benefit.

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