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How Long Should You Take Plavix
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
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
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
Likely yes: Not without speaking with your heart doctor. If you don't have a heart doctor, then talk to your primary care provider. Most people could but when on medications like Plavix, (clopidogrel) it's better to discuss any new medication or supplement with your doctor including all OTC meds. ...Read more
Plavix (clopidogrel): "he use of PLAVIX (clopidogrel) is contraindicated in the following conditions: Hypersensitivity to the drug substance or any component of the product. Active pathological bleeding such as peptic ulcer or intracranial hemorrhage." See: http://dailymed.nlm.nih.gov/dailymed/drugInfo.cfm?setid=19ebf09d-cf0d-4744-a874-a3a9f0b624b4 ...Read more
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