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How Long Does Plavix Stay In Your System
Double question: The active metabolite has an elimination half-life of about eight hours. Following an oral dose of 14c-labeled clopidogrel in humans, approximately 50% was excreted in the urine and approximately 46% in the feces in the five days after dosing. Because Plavix works by irreversibly inhibiting a receptor on platelet cell membranes, the effect of the drug will linger even though the drug is gone. ...Read more
How long can you expect to have bruising due to the plavix (clopidogrel) still being in your system after discontinuing the drug?
If plavix (clopidogrel) is out of system after 33 hrs, why would dr. Want you off for 7 days for medical procedures where you could bleed?
Depends: It depends on the indication. Usually if prescribed post stroke, one stays on clopidogrel indefinitely unless there are severe side effects. Some physicians prescribe it for few weeks or months and then switch to some other medication (aspirin, for example). Please ask your doctor what was the indication. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
A semi-consious patient needs to do Endoscopy, how long shall he stop using plavix before & after the procedure? He has been using it for 20 years.
Been on plavix (clopidogrel) 75 mg since december (switched from effient) dr. Will now stop after a year. How long until the plavix (clopidogrel) is out of my body.
Plavix (clopidogrel) out: Plavix (clopidogrel) is rapidly with absorbed-peak plasma levelsof the main circulating metabolite occurring in~1hr. In humans, 50% excreted in urine and ~ 46% in feces five days after dosing. Plavix (clopidogrel) effect lasts for the life of the platelet (~ 7–10 days). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have a total of 6 stents, how long should I expect to be on plavix (clopidogrel) or other blood thinning medication?
Depends: It doesn't matter so much how many stents you have but why you have them, what do you your other arteries look like and when were they put in. For instance, if a patient had stents for a heart attack and got 2 stents and then got 2 more 8 months later and then another 2 in a year, i might recommend life long antiplatelet treatment with Aspirin (81 mg) and plavix (clopidogrel). ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Cardiologist: This is question for your cardiologist as there are different guidelines depending on the stent put in. ...Read more
I am due for an outpatient surgery, how long should I be off plavix (clopidogrel) and 81 mg aspirin before the surgery?
If a person , senior citizen, is on a blood thinner plavix (clopidogrel) or baby asperin, does a wound take longer to heal?
Not necessarily : Blood thinners such as Plavix (clopidogrel) and Aspirin do not impair normal wound healing. As one ages- definitely the wound healing capability is impaired. This is secondary to higher rates of diabetes, cv disease, and other metabolic disorders. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yesterday I had a BM that looked like coffee grounds and also real long snake BM is this serious ? I take plavix (clopidogrel) and baby aspirin. Emilie
This is Serious: Black 'coffee ground' BM which also has characteristics of being long (which could be sticky/tarry) is concerning for bleeding in the gastrointestinal tract, especially in someone on 2 anti-platelet medications which 'thins' the blood. The medical term for black stool from blood is called melena. There are also other causes for black stools, but the worrisome cause needs to be evaluated. ...Read more
My husband has 3 medicine coated stents and has been on plavix (clopidogrel) since. How long does he have to stay on plavix (clopidogrel)? His bruising and bleeding is unreal!
Typically : The recommendation after receiving drug coated stents is dual antiplatelet therapy for 1 year. That is Aspirin and drugs like plavix (clopidogrel). Certainly there will be exceptions for many reasons. See your cardiologist before stopping any meds. There is a real risk of the stent thrombosing if Plavix (clopidogrel) is stopped too soon. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Would i be eligible for ultrasonic liposuction with the medication i'm taking? I am a woman in my 40's. I am no longer taking warfarin, but I am taking plavix (clopidogrel) as part of my anticoagulant drug regimen and i would like fat removed from my butt
Maybe...: You will need to make sure that you are medically fit to proceed with elective surgery. Also, you will need to make sure that you are off all blood thinners. The doctors who know you best will be able to evaluate your situation and provide you with recommendations based on safety first. Best wishes. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
My father (75) had a brain stroke 10 months ago and he has been on plavix (clopidogrel) all this time. For how long should he stay with it? Can he pass to aspirin?
Prevention: Would not recommend aspirin, as the data shows relatively mediocre results unless he would take one full asa, 325mg four times daily, which could cause gastritis and bleeding. Based on research data, the most successful protection against a subsequent stroke comes from Aggrenox twice daily, and if it were my dad, i would consider this first. ...Read more
Half life of plavix 300 mg . Procedure cancelled. How much plavix to give after rescheduled proc 24 hours later?
Plavix: Since plavix' effect on platelets can last up to 10 days, the dose on resumption depends upon how long it was discontinued preoproperatively. If it was held for only a week or less,I would resume it at a one daily dose. Your pharmacist may be able to better answer your question,however. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Useful: Plavix (clopidogrel) is a very good medication for some conditions, and is a required medication for others (if you have a certain type of heart stent, for example). As with all medications, only careful discussion with your doctor can determine if it is right for you. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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