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Aggrenox Allergy In Children
Stroke prevntion: Aggrenox is a combination of Aspirin and a drug called dipyridamole. This combo prevents platelets from "clumping" and causing a clot or embolism to prevent strokes. It is a relatively safe drug. Most drug interactions involve other drugs which also prevent platelets from clumping and thus cause bleeding. ...Read more
Allergies occur when your immune system is triggered by envirionmental factors it should ignore--for example, pollen in the air, or dander on a cat or dog--and creates cells to fight against them. An allergic reaction typically causes itching, congestion, or drainage, and ...Read more
Depends: Studies have been done comparing the two. Aggrenox seems superior in preventing recurrent stroke or tia's, but Plavix (clopidogrel) has more research on heart disease and periph vasc problems. Plavix (clopidogrel) is generic now and cheaper, but doesn't work well in pts with certain genetics, and interacts adversely with some ulcer drugs. Aggrenox has aspirin, which may be a problem with some. ...Read more
Aggrenox SHOULD: Be avoided during pregnancy or nursing.It is a category d meaning it is known to harm an unborn baby -it may affect an unborn baby's brain, reduce birthweight and other dangerous effects on an unborn baby. It passes into breast milk and may affect a nursing baby. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
Views on aggrenox vs clopidogrel for someone who had a tia. My mother is taking aggrenox but clopidogrel is cheaper and studies show no difference.
My mom is 90 years old with asymptomatic 80% blocked carotid artery . On Aggrenox. BP and cholesterol well controlled. ? Advise surgery tX or stent?
CEA or nothing: Carotid stents are relatively contraindicated in > 80 yrs old; CEA (endarterectomy) is high risk but safe in competent hands. The risk of heart attack is elevated in CEA pts > 80 yrs old, while stroke was higher (and more disabling) w/ stents (cas). In pts > 80 yrs old w/ good heart, lungs , and kidney fxn, CEA is tolerated well. Aspirin & Plavix (clopidogrel) is not superior to stroke prevention v. Cea. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
I am 51. At 47 i had tia, dvt, pulmonary embolism, hole in heart. I am on warfarin and aggrenox. New white places in brain. Should i be concerned?
Yes: Should close "hole in the heart". I do not know specifically what you mean for "hole in the heart". Each congenital septal defect has a name and unless you specify which is it I am unable to give you any advise but as a general rule, any septal defect can result in a paradoxical embolus. Meaning blood clots from the venous system ending up in the arterial system. Your cardiologist can reffer you. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Exposure + Genes: One needs both a genetic component and "exposure" to a said allergen to develop an allergy. There is a growing support over the past 20 years, that growing up in an environment which is "too clean" can also lead to development of allergies down the road. Either way, allergies are on the rise. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Nut allergy: Maybe. Your children may have inherited genes from you that make them more likely to develop an allergy, but they do not inherit a specific allergy to a food e.g. Nuts. The children have to be exposed to food proteins in the diet, before an allergy can develop. Once one develops an allergy then they are always allergic and need proper medical attention to prevent severe problems. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Allergy tests: There are several types of testing. Some involve certain types of blood tests. Another method is to do a series of skin tests done by pricking the skin and applying different allergens. Other tests are provocative tests that can involve challanging the patient with allergic materials. Testing should be done by doctors specializing in allergy to obtain the best results. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Skin & blood tests: Prick testing with allergenic extracts or fresh foods can help confirm allergy, as can blood tests for specific ige antibodies (rast-type tests). However, both types of testing can produce false positive results, and confirmation with food challenges may be needed. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers