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Posted by: Wilma | 2010-06-14

Question on anticogulant

My mother recently had a stroke and was prescribed Clopidogrel-Winthrop by her doctor. He told her that it was her choice whether she should take it or not, as it puts her at a high risk of ''bleeding''. She also has a defective heart valve, hypertension and diabetes.

Do you think Clopidogrel-Winthrop is advisable for her? Are there alternatives that may be less risky? Please advise as the ''doctor'' went on holiday and is not available for the next three weeks.

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Hallo Wilma

It is a blood thinning medication and with her heart valve, hypertension and diabetes history, may be a very useful medication to take preventatively. However, she must NOT use it with Disprin/aspirin. The risk of bleeding is slightly higher (<2%)( eg. bruising after a bump, bleeding after a cut, peptic ulcer bleeding) but the preventative function may weigh more than the risk of bleeding. She must stop it 5 days before any surgical intervention or dentistry. Plavix has been evaluated for safety in more than 54,000 patients, including over 21,000 patients treated for 1 year or more.

Dr Bets

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Posted by: Cyberdoc | 2010-06-14

Hallo Wilma

It is a blood thinning medication and with her heart valve, hypertension and diabetes history, may be a very useful medication to take preventatively. However, she must NOT use it with Disprin/aspirin. The risk of bleeding is slightly higher (<2%)( eg. bruising after a bump, bleeding after a cut, peptic ulcer bleeding) but the preventative function may weigh more than the risk of bleeding. She must stop it 5 days before any surgical intervention or dentistry. Plavix has been evaluated for safety in more than 54,000 patients, including over 21,000 patients treated for 1 year or more.

Dr Bets

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