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Can You Switch From Coumadin To Plavix Instead
It depends: Both Plavix and Coumadin (warfarin) "thin" the blood but do so via different mechanisms and degrees. The choice of one medication over another depends on your underlying condition and specific risk profile. In other words, you would have to discuss with a doctor the specifics of your case. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I want to get off of coumadin (warfarin). Which of the new Coumadin (warfarin) substitutes should I consider (perhaps off label)?
2 new drugs: The fda has approved 2 new drugs and more are on the way: Pradaxa (dabigatran) and xarelto (rivaroxaban). Key points: they're very expensive, don't require frequent blood samples for dosing, and they have no antidote if serious bleeding occurs. Pradaxa is taken twice a day, xarelto is once daily. If stopped abruptly, there is incr risk of clotting with both. Pradaxa can often cause stomach upset. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
For someone npo(including meds) and needing to be on plavix (clopidogrel) because of recent stenting, what do you like to use instead of the plavix (clopidogrel)?
There are: Quite a few other medical options including shots and pills. Talk with your doc. ...Read more
Do you and how to taper or wean off amlodipine. Can you stop abruptly when switching to spironolactone, ? Thanks.
Doctor's advice: Starting and stopping medications can be complex. The proper way to stop a medicine depends on the reasons that the medicine is being used, and the effects that the medicine is having. It is impossible to answer your question without more detail and you should ask your doctor for advice. Amlodipine and spironolactone are not similar medications and one does not replace the other. ...Read more
I take coumadin (warfarin). And want a tattoo. Should i stop taking the coumadin (warfarin)? And how long before the tattoo?
Nattokenease: This enzyme is made from fermented soy. It does have anti-clotting properties but it is not know if it is safe and effective for preventing clots. In other words there have not been controlled studies to test it. If you have already had clots I would be leary to use this. I would stay with the known medications your doctor recommends you take. Discuss this with your physician. ...Read more
Can someone who is taking Coumadin (warfarin) and bruising easilly still have the ability to form clots?
Yes.: There are some patients for whom Coumadin (warfarin) does not adequately anticoagulate (thin the blood), and thus these patients may require alternative medications. Discuss with a hematologist to gain a better understanding as to what options exist. Sometimes this is an indication for placement of a filter device to catch a DVT from becoming a fatal pulmonary embolism (pe). ...Read more
Switching: Yes, as directed by your doctor.Get a more detailed answer ›
Plavix (clopidogrel) if you have a stint and stop taking plavix (clopidogrel): is there a risk?
Can you stop taking plavix (clopidogrel)?
Yes: Plavix (clopidogrel ) is a blood thinner used with Aspirin to prevent clotting of a metal heart stent. It is recommended that Aspirin be taken for life. Plavix is recommended for 1 year with a drug-coated stent and for 30 days with a bare metal stent. Many doctors recommend their patients stay on Plavix longer for safety. Discuss this with your cardiologist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Anything: Truly you can have any diet when you're on coumadin, (warfarin) but the most important thing to remember is to be consistent with it. That way your physician can make adjustments to your Coumadin (warfarin) dose accordingly, and get your inr to the desired level no matter the kind of diet you have. ...Read more
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