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.

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Which is better for strokes==plavix or aggrenox?

Plavix (clopidogrel) Plavix (clopidogrel) has solid data. Aggrenox has 0ne study with many flaws. Pts with strokes also tend to have cardiovascular and peripheral disease. Plaxix reduces mortality in these pts and Aggrenox doesnt. Plavix (clopidogrel) is now generic and Aggrenox is expensive. Read more...
Both good. Plavix (clopidogrel) needed if you have carotid stent. Your doctor will help you choose. Read more...

How effective is clopidogrel (Plavix) for treating stroke?

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...

Is it safe to take hormones after having a stroke and taking plavix (clopidogrel)?

Maybe. The clotting risk of newer hormones (especially lower dose estrogen pills without progesterone) is unclear; most of the data for abnormal clotting and increased stroke is based on old contraceptives with high doses of estrogen and progesterone. Though hormones are usually avoided in someone who's had a stroke, only your doctor can weigh the risks vs benefits of hormones in your case. Read more...
Hormones & stroke. Which hormones are you talking about? Do you mean female hormones like estradiol? You should discuss the risks with your doctor. Read more...

Since starting on simvastin along with Plavix (clopidogrel) following a mild stroke 7 months ago, prior gout was a nuisance, now chronic, should I switch to lipito?

Debatable. atorvastatin (Lipitor) is a more potent "bad-cholesterol" lowering medication than simvastatin (Zocor), but it's also not as thoroughly tested for stroke prevention as tried-and-true simvastatin, so many neurologists choose to recommend the older, better-known option. Cost often is a factor as well. Either could be a reasonable option depending on your situation: ask your neurologist though. Read more...

How long post-stroke take plavix (clopidogrel)? 3 month or 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...

75yr old Taking plavix (clopidogrel) after stroke consultant said have to avoid Dark Green Vegetables brussel sprouts, brocolli what is the true ans?

This makes no sense. This is the 2nd time this has come up in the last few days. The prohibition re these vegetables applies to warfarin, not clopidogrel. They are rich in vitamin K. Warfarin inhibits vitamin K synthesis. Clopidogrel is a platelet inactivator. Its mechanism of action has NOTHING to do with vitamin K. And a "stroke consultant" is saying this? You need to question it and him/her. Read more...

My father (75) had a stroke 11 months ago. He is on plavix (clopidogrel). Can he make a glaucoma surgery at this time? Should he stop plavix (clopidogrel) before surgery?

Plavix (clopidogrel) Decision about Plavix (clopidogrel) should be made by your ophthalmologist. If he needs to stop it he should discuss it with your dad' s neurologist. Read more...
Depends. Depends on the type of glaucoma surgery! laser vs. Trabeculecomy vs. Canaloplasty vs. Tube implant. Best to ask the surgeon. Read more...