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Drug interactions between Actos and Plavix

Results for the following 2 drugs:
Actos (pioglitazone)
Plavix (clopidogrel)

Interactions between your drugs

Major

clopidogrel pioglitazone

Applies to: Plavix (clopidogrel) and Actos (pioglitazone)

Clopidogrel may significantly increase the blood levels of pioglitazone. You may be more likely to experience hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar, when these medications are used together. Symptoms of hypoglycemia include headache, dizziness, drowsiness, nervousness, weakness, tremor, nausea, hunger, sweating, and palpitation. The risk of other serious but uncommon side effects of pioglitazone such as fluid retention, macular edema (swelling in the back of the eye), new or worsening heart failure, bone fractures, anemia, and liver problems may also be increased. Talk to your doctor if you have any questions or concerns. Your doctor may be able to prescribe alternatives that do not interact, or you may need a dose adjustment or more frequent monitoring to safely use both medications. Contact your doctor immediately if you experience blurred vision or other visual abnormalities; excessive or rapid weight gain; swelling in the ankles or legs; shortness of breath or difficulty breathing; unusual tiredness; chest pain or tightness; or worsening of existing heart problems. You should also seek prompt medical attention if you develop signs and symptoms of liver damage such as fever, chills, joint pain or swelling, unusual bleeding or bruising, skin rash, itching, loss of appetite, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, dark colored urine, light colored stools, and yellowing of the skin or eyes. It is important to tell your doctor about all other medications you use, including vitamins and herbs. Do not stop using any medications without first talking to your doctor.

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Drug and food interactions

No results found in our database - however, this does not necessarily mean no interactions exist. Always consult with your doctor or pharmacist.

Therapeutic duplication warnings

No warnings were found for your selected drugs.

Therapeutic duplication warnings are only returned when drugs within the same group exceed the recommended therapeutic duplication maximum.

Drug Interaction Classification

The classifications below are a guideline only. The relevance of a particular drug interaction to a specific patient is difficult to determine using this tool alone given the large number of variables that may apply.
Major Highly clinically significant. Avoid combinations; the risk of the interaction outweighs the benefit.
Moderate Moderately clinically significant. Usually avoid combinations; use it only under special circumstances.
Minor Minimally clinically significant. Minimize risk; assess risk and consider an alternative drug, take steps to circumvent the interaction risk and/or institute a monitoring plan.
Unknown No information available.

Do not stop taking any medications without consulting your healthcare provider.

Further information

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