Dangers of Stopping Clopidogrel (Plavix) for Patients with Sten...

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mdownign

Phoenix, AZ

#1 Mar 17, 2006
am patient,need info
pat

Stoney Creek, Canada

#2 Jun 10, 2006
I AM ALSO ON PLAVIX AND NEED MORE INFO ON IT ....
iT WAS ON THE RADIO HERE THAT PLAVIX CAUSES BLEEDING IN PEOPLE >>>IS THIS TRUE????
I NEED A LOT MORE IN FOR PLEASE
verna

Edmonton, Canada

#3 Jun 22, 2006
its a scary situation when you hear such reports especially if you are on the drug. I guess the bleeding report can certainly be true as more patients have complaints from taking plavix
Julie from Missouri

Barnesville, OH

#4 Jul 27, 2006
Please be very careful on the drug Plavix. Especially if you are taking it in combination with aspirin. I think that it is certainly being over prescribed in cases where it should not be. The drug may be beneficial to those who have a "history" of blood clots. However, those who do not, may be risking thier life. This is not a joke. Unfortunately, I have discovered this the hard way. My father who was a very active individual and reasonably healthy was taking Plavix to "prevent" the type of stroke caused by a blood clot. Unfortunately, three months after beginning the drug my father died suddenly of a massive hemorrhage in the brain.(No history of aneurysm or any other bleeding disorders.) The Plavix disabled his body from clotting and the damage was done to his brain before the surgeons could fix it. Was Plavix the cause??? You tell me...because the doctor's are unable to give me any explanation or cause.
verna wrote:
its a scary situation when you hear such reports especially if you are on the drug. I guess the bleeding report can certainly be true as more patients have complaints from taking plavix
Kevin

Albuquerque, NM

#5 Jul 31, 2006
Julie,
I think it's irresponsible to scare people based on one isolated case. From what I've read, the benefit from Plavix far outweighs the risk. If it didn't, I think it'd be unlikely that it would have gained FDA approval.

I'm on Plavix myself, and the dramatic decrease of post-stent complications that have been documented by this drug makes me sleep better at night.

I had two Taxus Express 2 stents installed July 11, 2006 following an ischemic attack of unstable angina. One was in the RCA and one in the CX. I'm currently on Plavix, metoprolol, 81mg aspirin and 80mg Lipitor, and I have complete faith in my cardiologist.

As a side note: It is a bit disturbing just how "terminology-savvy" heart patients have become. As a new heart patient, I am wondering if, in a year, I will be "talking shop" discussing PVC foci and beta receptors like I have seen in several cardiology forums. I don't wish to be that immersed in it that it seems to take over all waking thought.

But perhaps that is what is necessary to remain educated in our particular conditions. Thoughts?
Ron

AOL

#6 Aug 18, 2006
my mom had stint put in her heart and was very allergic to this plavix
Julie from Missouri

Barnesville, OH

#7 Aug 18, 2006
Kevin,
While I certainly respect your opinion and acknowledge that it can be beneficial for some, I do not think it irresponsible nor disturbing for patients to become better educated about their treatments and medications. We cannot rely solely on the pre-marketing research that is funded, at least in part, by the very drug companies that are making the profit. More post-marketing research needs to be done on every drug, not only Plavix. This is mainly because we have so much faith in those involved in our care. Many times, be blindly follow instructions without first, acknowledgin the fact, that ANY drug is a foreign chemical in our bodies. For this fact alone we must be aware that any drug has the great potential for serious side effects. Furthermore, it is most certainly NOT an isolated case. There are at least five other instances in which the same outcome occurred (intracranial hemorrhage)... same scenerio, only the names changed.
Kevin wrote:
Julie,
I think it's irresponsible to scare people based on one isolated case. From what I've read, the benefit from Plavix far outweighs the risk. If it didn't, I think it'd be unlikely that it would have gained FDA approval.
I'm on Plavix myself, and the dramatic decrease of post-stent complications that have been documented by this drug makes me sleep better at night.
I had two Taxus Express 2 stents installed July 11, 2006 following an ischemic attack of unstable angina. One was in the RCA and one in the CX. I'm currently on Plavix, metoprolol, 81mg aspirin and 80mg Lipitor, and I have complete faith in my cardiologist.
As a side note: It is a bit disturbing just how "terminology-savvy" heart patients have become. As a new heart patient, I am wondering if, in a year, I will be "talking shop" discussing PVC foci and beta receptors like I have seen in several cardiology forums. I don't wish to be that immersed in it that it seems to take over all waking thought.
But perhaps that is what is necessary to remain educated in our particular conditions. Thoughts?
Peter

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#8 Aug 23, 2006
I would like to know if anyone can clarify how long plavix should be taken with aspirin after stent placement.
The VA has issued the results of a report that said
that aspirin-only users did better after two years than the patients who took both aspirin and plavix.
Anyone have any input on this?
atlpeach

United States

#9 Aug 23, 2006
im currently taking metoprolol and decided to stop on my on,boy!what did i do that for , i were as tiered as any thing heart was racing ,warning dont stop taking high blood pressure medicine with out your doctor c oncent.
Renee

Louisville, KY

#10 Aug 27, 2006
My husband was 18 months post stent insertion and his attending d/c'd his Plavix, not his cardiologist. Within 3 weeks his coronary artery was occluded with a clot approx. 1 inch long, resulting in another heart attack an by-pass surgery. Be sure to double check with your cardiologist in this matter!!!
SALEH

Saudi Arabia

#11 Sep 2, 2006
mdownign wrote:
am patient,need info
can you mention why are you taking it? who prescribed it to you? this is extremly important! my father has "A. fib." and he is taking plavix and I wouldnt risk even missing one dose!!! of plavix ( in his case)
Debi

Newport Coast, CA

#12 Sep 14, 2006
My husband had a heart attack 4 yrs ago with 2 stents put in (bare metal stents) RCA & LAD. This Feb he had another one put in circumflex (new drug eluding stent). Two weeks ago he had to have his LAD one restented with another new drug eluding stent). He is having complications from this stent procedure relating to a low heart rate, fatigue, sometimes sweating episodes. We are not sure if this is a reaction to his new stent? Has anyone else had problems like this?
terry

UK

#13 Sep 17, 2006
hi all
i had bifurcation stent fitted in jan 2006, in uk.
Prescibed Plavix for 12 months +Aspirin for life.

I am also on Warfarin for Atrial Fibrillation.

To date apart from slight bruising, haven`t seen any adverse reactions.

Just had further angiogram (2 days ago) and was kept on all meds except Warfarin (stop 3 days before), bit more bruising at site of insertion.

Gail

Altoona, PA

#14 Sep 21, 2006
SALEH wrote:
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can you mention why are you taking it? who prescribed it to you? this is extremly important! my father has "A. fib." and he is taking plavix and I wouldnt risk even missing one dose!!! of plavix ( in his case)
I also suffer from atrial fibrulation..but my doctor has me on coumadin the past 2 years..she tells me that plavix is not as good for atrial fibrulation..I suggest asking more questions on this..I also take 81 mg. asprin daily
don mccallum

United States

#15 Sep 23, 2006
A friend mentioned news about Plavix. I have not had heart attack, I have arterial diease have had angiolpasty on legs 4 bypasses to heart. Due to an other condition, along with Plavix, 81mg asprin, a doctor put me on 800mg Ibuprofen. I noticed my toe nails turning black, I consulted doctors, they said it was nothing to worry about. After some time, I was told to stop taking the Ibuprofen. The problem stoped. Interesting though, new nails grew under the discolored ones. I am anxioux to check the news with my coctor on Tues.. Widh you well, Don
MINNIE BROWN

AOL

#16 Sep 28, 2006
I HAD 1 STENT PUT IN THREE YEARS AGO. I'M HAVING BACK PROBLRMS AND IN ORDER TO HAVE AN EPIDORAL FOR PAIN MANAGEMENT I WOULD HAVE TO BE OFF PLAVIX 10 DAYS BEFORE THE PROCEDURE AND I WOULD HAVE TO HAVE TWO PROCEDURES.
MINNIE BROWN

AOL

#17 Sep 28, 2006
I HAD 1 STENT PUT IN THREE YEARS AGO AND HAVE BEEN ON PLAVIX. I'M HAVING SEVERE BACK PROBLEMS AND THROUGH PAIN MANAGEMENT I WOUL LIKE TO HAVE A SEIES OF EPADORALS BUT WOUL HAVE TO BE OFF PLAVIX FO FIVE WEEKS. IS THERE A DANGER?
john

Honeoye Falls, NY

#18 Oct 3, 2006
Hi minnie,
my wife to has alot of back pain following stent and plavix treatment. He rpain is mostly burning pain in legs and buttocks. also some in arms.She did have a sloipped disc three years ago.
Thanks john
MINNIE BROWN wrote:
I HAD 1 STENT PUT IN THREE YEARS AGO AND HAVE BEEN ON PLAVIX. I'M HAVING SEVERE BACK PROBLEMS AND THROUGH PAIN MANAGEMENT I WOUL LIKE TO HAVE A SEIES OF EPADORALS BUT WOUL HAVE TO BE OFF PLAVIX FO FIVE WEEKS. IS THERE A DANGER?
john

Honeoye Falls, NY

#19 Oct 3, 2006
JUlie,
It's hard to be objective about drug safety.Our son died last year from the propofol infusion syndrome.The hosptial tried to say it was his fault because he drink to much. He had one light drink the day he collasped and hit his head.That gave them the right to think he was a drunk.
AstraZenca the manufaturer hardly warns doctor of this complication. Why should they they make millions on a very dangerous and unpredictable drug.
My wife is struggling now with pain she has had since she started taking plavix. I see there are others who suffer the same.
Sorry but we just will nevcer trust again.
Julie from Missouri wrote:
Please be very careful on the drug Plavix. Especially if you are taking it in combination with aspirin. I think that it is certainly being over prescribed in cases where it should not be. The drug may be beneficial to those who have a "history" of blood clots. However, those who do not, may be risking thier life. This is not a joke. Unfortunately, I have discovered this the hard way. My father who was a very active individual and reasonably healthy was taking Plavix to "prevent" the type of stroke caused by a blood clot. Unfortunately, three months after beginning the drug my father died suddenly of a massive hemorrhage in the brain.(No history of aneurysm or any other bleeding disorders.) The Plavix disabled his body from clotting and the damage was done to his brain before the surgeons could fix it. Was Plavix the cause??? You tell me...because the doctor's are unable to give me any explanation or cause.
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Jacci

Australia

#20 Oct 5, 2006
I am taking Iscover (the same as plavix). I am 21 years old and had a stroke 3 months ago. I have been told that I have to be on the medication for the rest of my life?

Apart from bruising I see no other side affects.

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