Going off of Plavix?

Hey All,
I would love to hear about your experiences going off of Plavix. I am a little apprehensive because I may have a blood clotting disorder. But I can't be tested for it while on Plavix. Any thoughts?

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I've been on coumadin, which I believe is stronger than Plavix, since 1995. I've had to go off it for various surgeries, like cataract, pace maker, colonoscopy, dental work, etc. I've never been off it more than four days. Now I'm on the new medicine that doesn't require monthly blood tests or watching the veggies.

I assume you will only be off it a matter of days?

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Nope, they want me off for good. I had a heart attack due to a blood clot a little over a year ago. It could be a clotting disorder or it could have been just a side effect of birth control. But thanks for your input! I've heard like coumadin is stronger too, and you did fine.

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My friend had heart surgery and later was taken off coumadin for good, but she was put on an aspirin program to replace that.

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I was on Plavix after my MI, then continued after CABG for a bit over a year. My cardiologist and heart surgeon both feel that, for me, it was not necessary to stay on Plavix indefinitely. Even so, I was extremely nervous about going off it. I had one trial with stopping it, and ended up in the hospital with new chest pain. I stayed on for a year longer and recently went off without incident.
Good luck to YOU!

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Plavix makes your blood slip by blockages. as for an aspirin- a- day only , well, I had a stroke (and then stents) while doing just that (for tennis elbow). Doctors themselves disagree on how long to stay on plavix. I have closures in my legs, the doc says to do nothing to open them until it gets worse..? huh.? I'm staying on plavix until a new pill melts the junk in my arteries away for good. I used to bruise easily, now 4 years later I can't remember the last bruise I had, hope my body has adapted for good .

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After being on Plavix every day for two years my cardiologist has cut me down to 3 days a week indefinitely. So far, so good. Maybe I'll be off it completely, eventually. Everyone's body is different.

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I was on Plavix and 325mg. of aspirin for three years because of stents.During that time the combo of the two caused me to get several serious ulcers.As a result of the internal bleeding they have taken me off of Plavix and 325mg. of aspirin and I am only on a beta blocker.I am suppose to add a 81mg. aspirin next week.

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Stomach ulcers are caused by H. pylori disease . Easily cured. Google it . My plavix info sheet says no ulcer side effect. My OTC aspirin ordered by the doc is a coated type that doesn't cause stomach ulcers. There is something missing if you were taken off plavix for that. Always have food in you before taking any meds, unless instructed otherwise.

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A bacterium called Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) is a major cause of peptic ulcers. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as aspirin and ibuprofen, are another common cause.

I personally have 2 small ulcers and my H. pylori was negative. Testing is important because H. pylori-induced ulcers are treated differently than ulcers caused by NSAIDs.

Although Plavix may not primarily cause gastrointestinal ulcers, through inhibition of new blood vessel growth, it may impair healing of background ulcers. When combined with the propensity to increase bleeding, these agents may convert small, silent ulcers into large ulcers that bleed profoundly.

Low-dose aspirin has been shown to lower the risk of cardiovascular and cerebrovascular blood clots. It can, however, cause gastrointestinal ulceration and major bleeding, thereby limiting its overall usefulness even at the lowest effective amount.

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I had to go off Coumadin for a week before back surgery and a hematologist ran tests to find out why I had a history of blood
clots. Anyway, before and after surgery, I had heparin shots that last less hours than coumadin or plavix. I was glad the tests
were run as everything proved normal and I was told to discontinue using coumadin. Unfortunately, I had a clot block my
coronary artery and the results of heart attack scarred half of my heart with no restoration. Now, I am on plavix, but should
I have to go to the dentist or have any other surgical procedures, I will have to discontinue taking it, but always it is temporary.
I don't think you should fear going off plavix temporarily as there will be enough in your system to prevent a clot and I am sure
that if necessary they will give you heparin shots. Good luck!

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I have gone off of Plavix several times for surgeries. It's usually just a couple of days in advance. You need to do the testing, probably. Good luck. Your tests should just be in a controlled environment and they should have all of your med information in hand.

To Pattie E - the use of aspirin when you are on blood thinners is a big "no no", unless doctor is controlling amount, etc. I used to take Plavix and 81 mg aspiring, then doc took away the aspirin.

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I'm surprised they wouldn't keep you on some aspirin. You look very young, and birth control can cause those side effects. Other types might be better - have you looked into. I'm an old lady. I don't have to worry about this anymore, but have a 34 year old daughter who does. Keep truckin!

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JuiceR,
Since my stents in June, 2010 I have been on 81mg Aspirin and Plavix. Because I have small arteries and one of the stents is across a branch, my cardiologist has not yet determined how long I will need to stay on Plavix, but he told me aspirin for life, even with my two small ulcers. (Of course, unless I develop a major bleed).
Pattie

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Your right that an ulcer can be caused byHelicobacter pylori but that is not the only cause.

The 325 mg coated aspirin can and does interfere with the protection of the stomach lining.Plus Plavix can cause gastrointestinal bleeding.The two specialists-one a cardiologist and the other a specialist in gastroenterology-stated that the internal bleeding was from the Plavix.If you go on the Plavix website and read the side effects even Plavix states it can cause ulcers.

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am on plavix and other heart meds for 17 months and now may have to have a hip replacement replacement due to metals leaching in to the blood...am frantic til I get this sorted out for several reasons ....

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PattieE, the med profession seems to do its own thing. I was on Plavix and 81 mg aspirin for about 6 months after my stent. then the doctor discontinued the aspirin. Have been cautioned by my PCPhysician about taking anything that is aspirin base because of the Plavix. I went off of Toprol XL about 2 weeks ago - seem to have more energy. Every pain killer seems to have aspirin in it. I have a bad back and can't take the med (aspirin) that is designed for inflamation.

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I was on Plavix and 2 81mg aspirin for 1 year. Had open heart surgery and taken off of Plavix but put back on after surgery, along with 1 aspirin. At 6 week followup I was told to continue the aspirin but Plavix was no longer needed. All went well, no side effects. Good luck!

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Thanks to everyone for sharing your experiences! It helped me feel more confident about going off of plavix.
JuiceR, I am on low does aspirin for life now. As far as birth control goes the only thing that is safe for me is paraguard, a copper IUD. It's actually more effective and has been in use sense 1902!

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Great news electra. I on the other hand got some disturbing news last week during my cardio appt. It will be 1 year in June since my stents and the GI Dr. wants to do an endoscope of the the small ulcers? in my stomach as soon as possible, so the Dr. told me to wait until my year is up and then stop the plavix for 7 days before the procedure, stay on the aspirin, but depending on what the GI finds and does, as soon as he says it's OK I need to start the Plavix again but I can then stop the aspirin. I looked at him and said so "How long on the Plavix?" and he meekly says "We just don't know". I know he does studies for the Plavix Mfg and am wondering if that is why he is so quick to keep me on it but stop the aspirin, I was expecting to have to stay on the aspirin for life and NOT Plavix. I'm bummed.

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I have been off of plavix when I had minor surgery. They took me off about 3 days before doing. I had no ill effects. Good luck. I have been taking plavix for many years, but had the doctor take me off of the aspirin. I think the aspirin causes more GI problems than plavix. Also see about taking the plavix/medications with food. While most of these things say on empty stomachs, when you are taking something long term, you sometimes have to buffer it. Medicine is less effective, but your stomach will be with you a lot longer.

To Electra, I feel for you young gals. I can't remember how many years it has been since I went through menopause, birth control is a thing of the past. When I had had my daughter, however, and was unable to continue pills or other methods, my dear husband got a vasectomy, so I wasn't the only responsible. It isn't the choice for everyone, but it was for us. Another pregnancy could have killed me.

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