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I have come off of my 'effient' medication after taking it for 18 months. No problems. Did I stop too early.?
Depends: It depends on why you were taking it. If you had a bare metal stent in your coronary arteries, that may be reasonable; if you had a drug eluting stent, definitely talk to your doctor, as sometimes a prolonged or even lifelong course is recommended. Definitely do not stop unless you talk to your doctor first. ...Read more
I am thinking of getting a tattoo currently I am on the following medication. Effient 1 a day temsig 50mg 1/2 day ramipril 2.5 1 a day aspirin 1/day is it advisable to get a tattoo as I have 2 stents and have had a heart attack in the last 18 months?
No: There is always a chance of infection--with your medical history I would not suggest it. ...Read more
Iam taking effient because ihave a stint in my heart. It is very expensive. Is there an alternative to that drug.?
2 years post drug-eluting stents, still taking 5 mg. Effient am & 81 aspirin pm. I want to get off ALL drugs. It is safe to stop the Effient?
It is probably: Not safe but it is not for us to tell you to stop a medication in this platform. Please discuss with your doctor. ...Read more
Is plavix (clopidogrel) still a first line treatment for those with stents (i have 2 in lad) or is effient now the drug of choice?
Been on plavix (clopidogrel) for 6 month, drug eluting stent. Is it safe to switch to effient? My cardiologist wasn't sure. Will it be better for anxiety problem?
No major issue. Thing is if the individual takes Prasugrel he likely had a PCI done. If such is the case NSAIDs are not recommended on patients with CAD.
SO the reason of not taking these 2 together is not because of a bad interaction, it isjust that people with CAD should not take Naproxen. ...Read more
Bleeding: This medication is used to protect the arteries after heart treatments (percutaneous proceedure). Any medication can cause allergy. (rash, itching, swelling lips/tongue, hives) major concern is bleeding. Blood in the mouth, urine, stool; coughing up blood, feeling light headed, severe headache, focal weakness, excessive bruising. You shouldn't take if you've had stroke or allergic to plavix (clopidogrel). ...Read more
Prasugrel: There are multiple platelet inhibitors, you should discuss with your doctor. Effient may have advantages for you. ...Read more
I've been on effient for 2 years. I find it very expensive. Is it really worth paying more for? If not then which would you recommend me switching to?
Effient: Clopidogrel isn't a generic drug in the same class costing less. ;some individuals though are non responsive to it;a fact check able by blood test, go talk to your prescriber regarding ongoing indication and alternates ...Read more
Yes, to help ↓ new: Strokes. Strokes result of either arterial plaque ruptures compounded by clots &/or venous clots from heart left atria. Platelet inhibiting meds do nothing to prevent plaque rupture but have the best track record for ↓ing subsequent clots which ↑ the debris going downstream producing ischemic damage or creating local narrowing at the rupture location. Best: optimize NMR lipoproteins, HbA1c & BP. ...Read more
Effient: Timing for moving from Effient to Aspirin should be discussed with your interventionalist. Those most fiamiliar with the details of your specific history are better placed to give the best advice. Only generalizations can come from out here. ...Read more
I am on effient since feb 2012. I read that effient can cause cancer. My dr. Took leave and they don't know when she will be back I am worried true?
Benefits VS risks: Prasugrel or Effient is used to prevent the blockage of your hear vessels, by preventing the clumping of platelets in early part of coronary arteries there by preventing heart attach, it has possible complication of bleeding than cancer, speak to your doctor benefits out weigh the risks. ...Read more
Healthy lifestyle...: It is imperative to develop and maintain a healthy lifestyle--eating a healthy diet, exercising (aerobic for 30-45 minutes and light muscle strengthening) at least 4 times per week, drinking adequate fluids, not smoking, reduce stress, sleep well. Effient should be taken for at least a year, which is time that clot may form in stent. But must stop the underlying coronary disease from progressing. ...Read more
Is it normal to be so afraid was taken off effient after 2 years with 4 stents in my heart. I am so scared that something is going to happen?
Advice...: Watch the documentary "forks over knives". It may help you. ...Read more
I took pro tonic for four years along with Effient metaprol. I quit proteomics after 4 yrs and replaced it with Pepcid (famotidine) will it be as effective?
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 more
Dr. Just switched me from effient to plavix (clopidogrel) strongly suggestion that effient can cause shortness in breath. Totally believe him. Any thoughts?
On effient and found blood in bowl after voiding. Pretty sure it's hemorrhoids but what should I do now?
Call your doc: Blood in bowl after voiding (urinating) usually not from hemorrhoids. Get examined. ...Read more
Once effient is started must you wait one year before it can be changed? I have 2 stents in LAD artery.
Effluent for a year: There are a number of medications in that class of drugs that may be substituted for Effient if there is a problem with taking it. Ask your heart doctor. ...Read more
I am taking effient and it says one of the side affects is stomach bleeding. How can I tell if I have stomach bleeding?
Tegretol 400-klonopin1.5-effient 10 all at 10pm fragmented poor sleep. Added half of a unisom 12.5 at 11:00 sleep great. Wake at 7 am refreshed--ok?
Tegretol and unisom:
interaction number of reports
1 premature baby 12
2 drug exposure during pregnancy 12
3 persistent foetal circulation 12
4 amnesia 11
5 intraventricular haemorrhage 11
6 ventricular septal defect 11
7 patent ductus arteriosus 11
8 atrial septal defect 11
9 lung disorder 8
10 cardiopulmonary failure 8. ...Read more
Stemi 4 months ago. When is it safe to sto effient for thyroid biopsy? Had 2 stents in rca. One clotted in20 min so they put another one in as emergen
One yr: We recommend to take it for 1 yr. If biopsy has to be done and surgeon won't perform without stopping Effient then after 6 months please discuss with your cardiologist to stop Effient for couple of days. ...Read more
I was taking Effient and doc changed me to Plavix (clopidogrel). My blood is dark and thick now. Will this go away and it is caused from changing blood thinners?
The medications: Should not change the appearance of your blood. Neither the color nor the thickness. Both of those drugs are platelet inhibitors. They are not blood thinners. Express your concerns to your health care provider. I am certain he/she can explain the reason for the change in medication and any potential effects you might experience. ...Read more
Take 161 asp-metropol succer ER 12.5-isosorbide 15 and cymbalta (duloxetine) 60 at 7am is this ok. Stopped taking effient and metropolol together. Breathing better?
Yes: That combination of medications is okay to take the way you are taking them. ...Read more
My mom, 72, is on Effient until Feb. A month ago she got huge bruise on her leg. Looks better now but the pain, surface numbness are extreme. Advice?
Call cardiologist: As you know, effient increases the risk of bleeding, expecially in older patients. There are two issues here: first, she needs treatment for pain, for which she should not use NSAIDs and may need a low-dose narcotic. Secondly, you should ask if the dose of Effient should be modified. Call her cardiologist regarding both issues. ...Read more