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What can reduce bruising related to plavix use?

What can reduce bruising related to plavix use?

Paradoxical: The intended purpose of prescribing plavix is to reduce platelet function. Bruising is an indication that plavix is doing what it is intended to to. You cannot reduce bruising and still have the benefit of plavix. ...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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How much bruising is too much when taking plavix (clopidogrel)? How do you know if your taking too much?

How much bruising is too much when taking plavix (clopidogrel)? How do you know if your taking too much?

Plavix (clopidogrel): The answer to that question resides with your doctor. In general if you have spontaneous bleeding you are taking too much. Your specific situation should be discussed with your dr., out in the cloud drs. Don't have your specific data base. ...Read more

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I am starting to bruise easily due to plavix (clopidogrel). What can I do to protect myself?

I am starting to bruise easily due to plavix (clopidogrel). What can I do to protect myself?

Talk to your Doctor: Some people tend to bruise much easier than others. The medicine is working but the bruising and constant injury that occurs from it will cause over time damage to your skin and soft tissues. You can try and protect your self but it is impossible to avoid all contact. You need to discuss the need for the Plavix (clopidogrel) and if there are any alternatives with your doctor. Aditional blood test are needed. ...Read more

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Is there anything that I can eat or drink that will help offset the bruising caused by the medication plavix (clopidogrel)?

Is there anything that I can eat or drink that will help offset the bruising caused by the medication plavix (clopidogrel)?

YES but confusing: Probably anytime is reasonable to begin arnica therapy if ok with your physician. As stated it is controversial and not uniformly recommended. Furthermore there is great confusion about the best form to deliver therapy such as oral or topical preparations. On top of that there are probably hundreds of oral versions each claiming to be more effective than the other so the confusion is multiplied. ...Read more

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Hello, is it alright to take plavix (clopidogrel) every other day or half pill daily, if it is the only way to reduce bruises that appear on skin? Thank you!

Plavix (clopidogrel): No. It should be every day. There are blood tests now to evaluate the efficacy due to genetic variances and drug interactions. Avoid Aspirin and non steroidal agents with this if possible. ...Read more

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My husband has 3 medicine coated stents and has been on plavix (clopidogrel) since. How long does he have to stay on plavix (clopidogrel)? His bruising and bleeding is unreal!

Typically : The recommendation after receiving drug coated stents is dual antiplatelet therapy for 1 year. That is Aspirin and drugs like plavix (clopidogrel). Certainly there will be exceptions for many reasons. See your cardiologist before stopping any meds. There is a real risk of the stent thrombosing if Plavix (clopidogrel) is stopped too soon. ...Read more

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Taking clopidogrel.One bruise is like a mini chequer board ie. Bruises couple mm big with white inbetween, is it normal to get such bruises?

Harmless bruises : It is common for people to bruise when they are on anticoagulants or on antiplatelet agents like clopidogril (plavix) or even Aspirin in some people. Depending on the pressure which caused the bruise, and the location of the small veins in the skin, all these shapes are possible. However, such bruises are harmless and need be of no concern. If very large bruises occur, check with your doctor. ...Read more

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When taking clopidogrel & aspirin, how large a bruise is a cause of concern ?

When taking clopidogrel & aspirin, how large a bruise is a cause of concern ?

See primary MD: Bruise is not an issue on it's own, unless it start compressing nerves. If you have any associated numbness, then it may be an issue. ...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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Can plavix (clopidogrel) lead to heartburn?

Can plavix (clopidogrel) lead to heartburn?

Just like aspirin: The risk of gastrointestinal complications from Plavix (clopidogrel) is similar to Aspirin and includes gastritis/peptic ulcers, bleeding. Diarrhea, rash, low platelet count etc... Aspirin can be more problematic to asthmatics, but otherswise both meds have similar side effects. Plavix (clopidogrel) is only marginally better than Aspirin in term of benefit, but costs muc much more. Use some prilosec. Consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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Gerd and taking plavix (clopidogrel) what helps?

Gerd and taking plavix (clopidogrel) what helps?

PPI + Plavix (clopidogrel): Is ok, but proton pump inhibitors (omeprazole) makes Plavix (clopidogrel) less effective. You may need to consider making changes to your lifestyle: a healthy weight, quitting smoking, drinking less alcohol, or not eating foods that make gerd worse. Rec.: talk to your pcp about medication adjustment. ...Read more

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Could Plavix (clopidogrel) cause erosive gastritis?

Could Plavix (clopidogrel) cause erosive gastritis?

Usually not, but:: The website eHealthMe reports that of 67,468 patients taking Plavix only 153 people (0.23%) reported gastritis as a side effect. Some of these patients were also taking other medications well known to cause gastritis, such as aspirin and Celebrex (celecoxib). Thus, if you are taking Plavix and have developed gastritis, it's likely that something else is responsible. ...Read more

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Is plavix (clopidogrel) safe for my 76 y.O. Mom to take?

Asked the doctor: I wouldn't answer a question like that online. Talk to your doctor and see if he thinks the benefits warrant the risk. That is the best way. ...Read more

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I'm on Plavix and have a bad headache. Can I take an Aleve?

I'm on Plavix and have a bad headache. Can I take an Aleve?

Caution: I would avoid taking non steroidal products along with plavix due to the increased risk of bleeding with the mix. Simple tylenol may be a better choice. Should the headache become very severe, change your vision or get nausous go to the ER ...Read more

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Which is better for strokes: plavix (clopidogrel) or aggrenox?

Which is better for strokes: plavix (clopidogrel) or aggrenox?

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

Dr. Melissa Gowans
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Ecchymoses (Definition)

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Dr. Melissa Gowans
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Bruising (Definition)

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