U.S. doctors online nowAsk doctors free
A 34-year-old member asked:

What blood thinner can i take after my carotid surgery if stomach ulcers make it impossible for me to take aspirin?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Sidney Vinson
Gastroenterology 28 years experience
It depends: Generally Aspirin is still safe in those with a history ulcers so long as acid medications such as omeprazole, nexium, (esomeprazole) protonix, prevacid, etc are taken along with it to prevent recurrence. You should have taken a similar medication to heal the ulcer. If you are allergic to Aspirin or intolerant for some other reason a medication such as Plavix may be reasonable. Discuss with your doctor.
Dr. Seth Zeidman
Neurosurgery 34 years experience
Multiple Choices: Plavix (clopidogrel) is usually the best choice for people who cannot tolerate aspirin.
Last updated Jun 18, 2017


Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.