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    can i stop taking blood thiner medicine ( clopidogrel )
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    moutaz2011 posted:
    Hi, i had a heart attack 8 years ago, and since that i,m treated with blood thiner medicine ( clopidogrel 75 mg ) is it possible to stop taking that medicine? as it cause me some troubles like feeling tired beside some problems in my stomach,
    and it's preventing me from eating the grean leaves vegetables, pls. advise me f there is an alternative to this medicine.

    Thank you
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    CardiostarUSA1 responded:
    Hi:

    "Is it possible to stop taking that medicine?"

    In general only here, and on an individualized case-by-case basis, some patients have to take (regardless whether a heart attack occurred or not) the anti-platelet drug Plavix indefinitely, while others only for a limited amount of time, as directed by his/her doctor.

    Unlike the so-called "blood thinner" drug Coumadin (anticoagulant, which can interact with some green leafy veggies), Plavix is an anti-platelet drug, which prevents platelets (a component of blood) from clumping together and causing a blood clot (thrombosis). Platelets (thrombocytes), manufactured in the bone marrow, are small cells in the bloodstream that are part of the blood clotting process.

    Though it has a different mechanism of action, aspirin-alone may be applicable in some cases, and usually continues indefinitely after Plavix is stopped.

    Bottom line: You can always seek, in-person, a second or third professional medical opinion to see if you really need to stay on this drug or not.

    Most important, communicate/interact well with your doctor(s).

    Best of luck down the road of life.

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    James Beckerman, MD, FACC responded:
    There is currently no consensus that people should be taking plavix in addition to aspirin 8 years after a heart attack. I would definitely discuss with your doctors.


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