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Plavix And Tattoos
I have a septal occluder, getting a tattoo when I finish plavix/aspirin. Tattoo will be 7 months post closure. Antibiotics needed before tattoo?
Tattoos on your breasts, or elsewhere, will not have any effect on your pregnancy or on breastfeeding your new baby. It may not be a good idea to get a new tattoo during pregnancy or while breastfeeding, because of the small risk of infection from the small breaks in the skin that ...Read more
I had 2 heart stents and put on plavix (clopidogrel) in march 2012. I would like to get a tattoo. What is your opinion?
I am 34 and had asd cath closure last month, now on plavix (clopidogrel) and aspirin. Bad idea to get a tattoo while on these meds?
Yes: Tattoos can become infected and can also transmit hepatitis c occasionally. Also Aspirin and Plavix (clopidogrel) are potent blood thinners and would increase the risk of bleeding and bruising during the procedure. It would be prudent to avoid it. Also, many people change their minds about tattoos years later and require expensive laser treatments to remove them. ...Read more
How many days before a (big) tattoo should I stop Plavix (clopidogrel) and other blood thinning supplements (fish oil, bilberry extract, grape seed extract, etc.)?
Don't stop plavix!: First, check with your doctor who prescribes the plavix (clopidogrel) for you. If it is being taken for a heart stent that was placed less than a year ago, you CANNOT stop the plavix (clopidogrel) for any reason. Also, be very cautious about using ANY other supplements along with your prescription medicines, especially other blood thinners. Be sure your doctor knows exactly what you are taking, including supplements. ...Read more
Tattoo: Getting a tattoo is always an infection risk. If there's bleeding, it will be considerably worse when taking anticoagulants. Not a good idea. ...Read more
Would not: Since there will be excessive bleeding during the process it will make it very difficult for the tattoo artist. ...Read more
↓ Blood Clotting: Plavix (clopidogrel) inhibits platelets (usually the first step in blood clotting) from becoming activated: sticking to tissue, attracting other platelets to stick & activating the 12 clotting proteins (which act in a chain reaction) to form thrombin which polymerizes & ties everything together into clots. Plavix (clopidogrel) has no affect on blood viscosity; it is an anti-coagulant; it does not thin blood viscosity. ...Read more
Liver activation: Plavix (clopidogrel) is a pro-drug which is inactive. Upon oral administration, Plavix (clopidogrel) is activated in the liver to become the active drug, injection of Plavix (clopidogrel) will bypass the liver activation of phase of the drug. Clinical studies of Plavix (clopidogrel) were done with oral administration, there are however other medications used in the hospital setting that are injectable, however used in the setting of heart attacks ...Read more
See below: Some data recommend not to take these combinations together. I have not seen a solid date support that. Therefore I personally use these combinations together. If you're concerned about it please discuss this with your doctor. Alternatively you can take h2-blockers or a different proton pump inhibitor such as dexilent ...Read more
Bleeding, like other: Anti-clotting agents. Plavix, clopidogrel, inhibits platelets (cell fragments from megakaryocytes within the bone marrow & are usually the first to initiate the blood to clot) from becoming activated: sticking to tissue, attracting other platelets to stick & activating the 12 clotting proteins (which act in a chain reaction) to form thrombin which polymerizes & ties everything together into clots. ...Read more
Plavix (clopidogrel): No reason why not!Get a more detailed answer ›
No: That combination would increase the risk of a significant GI bleed. ...Read more
Plavix (clopidogrel): Won't be affected by vit k.Get a more detailed answer ›
Not sure: Triphala churna is an Ayurvedic medicine that is reported to remove toxins from the GI tract & cleanse the liver, gallbladder& kidneys. I could not find any information about mixing this with plavix (clopidogrel). A naturopathic healer might be able to investigate this further. ...Read more
Clopidogrel: Antagonizes platelet function and reduces platelet clottability ...Read more
Very controversial: Answer depends upon how you interpret evidence. Kind of like blind men & elephant. Check out http://www. Clevelandclinicmeded. Com/medicalpubs/diseasemanagement/neurology/antiplatelet-agents/Default. Htm for good summary. Bottom line, while we often add Clopidogrel to aspirin to prevent stroke, the outcome benefits are not quite there. Of note, we're not "treating" so much as "preventing" another one ...Read more
Plavix (clopidogrel) should not: Have an interaction with fruit.Get a more detailed answer ›
Avoid NSAIDs/Aspirin: Nonsteroidal-antiinflammatory drugs (nsaids-such as motrin/aleve) and aspirin-based analgesic can interact with Plavix (clopidogrel) and increases risk of bleeding/stomach and intestinal ulcers/performation etc. Otherwise narcotic pain killers (some mixed with tylenol) are ok to take while being on plavix (clopidogrel). Like all medicine, use the smallest effective dose for shortest duration possible. Consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more
Probably not.: Although proton pump inhibitors (acid suppressing drugs) may have an effect on the effectiveness of Plavix in the lab there don't seem to be a definite clinical effect. It appears that Protonix (pantoprazole) is even less likely to cause a clinically significant interaction. ...Read more
Plavix (clopidogrel) side effects: Plavix (clopidogrel) is used in patients with coronary artery disease especially acute coronary syndromes and after stunting. Side effects include GI problems such as nausea and reflux, and can include decreased platelet levels. Often patients will experience easy bruising while taking Plavix (clopidogrel) and aspirin. ...Read more
Side effects for clopidogrel, read this:
http://www. Drugs. Com/sfx/clopidogrel-side-effects. Html ...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 more