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A 50-year-old male asked about a 76-year-old female:

Are there any alternative drug treatments to plavix (clopidogrel) for stroke from both carotid artery50%blockages which don't cause adverse effects of gi bleeding?

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Dr. Saptarshi Bandyopadhyay
Hospital-based practice 23 years experience
Not really: All medications used after an ischemic stroke (cholesterol plaque rupture causing an interruption in blood flow) are treated with blood thinners. Some people are more sensitive to certain ones, so if you've had a GI bleed while on Plavix (clopidogrel), (clopidogrel) then talk to your neurologist. Plavix (clopidogrel) is usually the best, but start with aspirin 182 mg daily. If you still have strokes, then Aggrenox is the next step up.
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