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In what sense the new plavix (clopidogrel) replacement drug is better for CAD patients?

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Dr. Alon Gitig
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
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In brief: More potent

Plavix (clopidogrel) now has competitor drugs.
Effient (prasugrel) is more potent at inhibiting platelets, which prevents clots, but this also leads to higher bleeding risk (double-edged sword). Ticagrelor is another agent with proven benefits similar to Plavix (i.e. Heart attack risk reduction), and seems to be more potent without increasing bleeding, but verdict is out still.

In brief: More potent

Plavix (clopidogrel) now has competitor drugs.
Effient (prasugrel) is more potent at inhibiting platelets, which prevents clots, but this also leads to higher bleeding risk (double-edged sword). Ticagrelor is another agent with proven benefits similar to Plavix (i.e. Heart attack risk reduction), and seems to be more potent without increasing bleeding, but verdict is out still.
Dr. Alon Gitig
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Dr. Francis Uricchio
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Effient

I suspect that you mean effient.
In a large research trial involving 13, 000 patients with acute coronary syndrome who subsequently had an angioplasty, Effient was superior to Plavix (clopidogrel) in preventing death, myocardial infarction, or stent thrombosis (clotting of the stent). This is a good medication and we are using it more and more in the catheterization laboratory.

In brief: Effient

I suspect that you mean effient.
In a large research trial involving 13, 000 patients with acute coronary syndrome who subsequently had an angioplasty, Effient was superior to Plavix (clopidogrel) in preventing death, myocardial infarction, or stent thrombosis (clotting of the stent). This is a good medication and we are using it more and more in the catheterization laboratory.
Dr. Francis Uricchio
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