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Medicine For Aggrenox Allergy
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
Stop taking it: If it is an extreme necessity, and there are no alternatives, and you don't know whether this an allergic reaction or an adverse drug reaction (side effect), see an allergist/immunologist for evaluation and possible desensitization to the said drug for treatment if a particular disease episode, good luck ...Read more
Various Options: Daily steroid or antihistamines nasal sprays (fluticasone, azelastine) are helpful. Determining exactly what you could be sensitized to in order to practice appropriate avoidance measures is also important. If medications and avoidance are not effective or not feasible allergen immunotherapy (allergy shots) could be an option as well. Other meds include Sudafed, Mucinex, (guaifenesin) Afrin, oral antihistamines ...Read more
Could be!: Without understanding the circumstances and the type of reaction, it is impossible to answer the question. If you started the new medicine, and experienced a reaction, it could be due to allergy to the medication. ...Read more
No cure yet, but...: Allergy shots (allergen immunotherapy) is currently the only treatment that is disease modifiying, meaning it can change how the body responds to exposure to allergens. It is "natural" and long lasting effects carry on after shots are stopped. It works for most, but not all people. Closest thing to a cure so far..... For more read my blog at: http://www.Familyallergyasthmacare.Com/2013/03/its-no. ...Read more