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Quit plavix (clopidogrel) after 1 year BMs,still on aspirin.Scared of LSt.start back on plavix (clopidogrel)?

Quit plavix (clopidogrel) after 1 year BMs,still on aspirin.Scared of LSt.start back on plavix (clopidogrel)?

Plavix (clopidogrel): Stopped placid. Need to ask your dr who prescribed and stopped it. No need to be scared but get the right treatment. Ask your Dr and get proper care please. ...Read more

Dr. Mathew Chengot
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Plavix (Definition)

Plavix is a platelet inhibitor is a kind of anti-coagulation drug ...Read more


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After placement of four drug eluting stents two years ago I have been on plavix (clopidogrel) since and want to quit. My cardiologist is ambivilant. Help.?

Risk benefit: Are you on Aspirin too? The standard of care is to cover with both Aspirin and Plavix (clopidogrel) for atleast a year and then be on Aspirin lifelong. But if you have no other problems ( GI bleed etc) you must continue to be on both the drugs. If you are only on Plavix (clopidogrel), then you must continue to take it ... to prevent future cardiovascular events. ...Read more

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Is it ok to take plavix (clopidogrel) and chantix at the same time want to quit smoking but need to know if it is safe to tak chantix and plavix (clopidogrel) at the same time

Should be safe: There are no reported interactions between Plavix (clopidogrel) and chantix, but there are potential interactions between Plavix (clopidogrel) and tobacco, so that if you discontinue tobacco, it may effect the metabolism of the Plavix (clopidogrel) and clotting. Talk to your doctor. If you are on plavix, (clopidogrel) smoking will aggravate all of the clotting/bleeding problems, so good for you for wanting to quit. Stick with it, and good luck! ...Read more

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I have a bms and have been on plavix (clopidogrel) for 18 months.I am aftraid to quit even though my doctor said I do not need it anymore.I am running out of plavix (clopidogrel)?

Pros and cons: you have to weigh the risk of stent thrombosis (sig less after the first 12mo) to risks of continued Plavix (clopidogrel) use, bleeding in particular. your cardiologist has your full history and is in the best spot to make that recommendation, hopefully after discussing with you in detail. I assume they'll be replacing it with aspirin so it's not like you'll be without protection. ...Read more

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Is it ok to be on Plavix (clopidogrel) for APS if aspirin had quit being as effective for symptoms associated with Antiphospholipid syndrome?

Is it ok to be on Plavix (clopidogrel) for APS if aspirin had quit being as effective for symptoms associated with Antiphospholipid syndrome?

Comments: ASA is not very effective unless taken in relatively high dosing, such as 325mg four times daily, and clopidigrel is far superior to 81 mg of ASA. Do not take both, as there is increased risk of brain bleeding. One alternative, Aggrenox, does contain aspirin in combination, but is a very different product from Plavix (clopidogrel). ...Read more

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How would be a patient taking Plavix (clopidogrel) treated if he/she got a stomach ulcer? Would Plavix (clopidogrel) be quitted/changed with something else?

Plavix (clopidogrel) stopped: Yes, Plavix (clopidogrel) would be discontinued in this situation. Unfortunately it is really not safer than aspirin when it comes to risk for bleeding from ulcers. In this situation all factors would be considered: reason/need for anti-coagulation, how strong is it, etc. Options would include no anti-coagulation, low or intermediate dose aspirin, self-administered shots/heparin, or warfarin/Coumadin. ...Read more

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What is Plavix (clopidogrel) used for?

↓ 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

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Best time to take plavix (clopidogrel)?

See below: No one time is better than another. Take daily. ...Read more

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What u think about plavix (clopidogrel)?

What u think about plavix (clopidogrel)?

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 more

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Is too much plavix (clopidogrel) harmful?

Plavix (clopidogrel): Plavix (clopidogrel) is used for specific purpose in specific doses. Some people do require more Plavix (clopidogrel) dose than others. Too much Plavix (clopidogrel) can be associated with too much bleeding. ...Read more

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