The opinions keep changing regarding plavix. It has a different mechanism for anti-platelet formation that aspirin doesn't have as it pertains to restenosis with drug eluding stents. Then the regimen of choice is dual therapy of aspirin and plavix for about a year and then aspirin alone.
Do you have a specific condition that requires all the blood thinning medication? I take a baby coated aspirin, and bleed for several hours after a dental procedure, It is not typical for that much anti-platelet...high risk for internal bleeding; hit head you could bleed to death rather having a minor injury. Internal bleeding of the digestive system is also a risk.
I would question the effacacy of so much anti-platelet medication.
Is 325mg of Aspirin usual in the states? and are they still only giving Plavix for 12 months?
It gets a bit confusing when there are different regulations, because we don't know really which is correct :)
In the UK, Aspirin / Plavix is normally 75mg each daily. Plavix is given minimum 2-3 years now and in many cases has been decided it's best for life, depending on the patient. I have no idea what the circumstances are that decide 'life' but I have a couple of friends who have been told they will never be off the drug. I've been told I will be reviewed in 2 years. Maybe it's a cardiologist decision rather than a country guideline?
I really don't know what the new iinterest in plavix if any, I read sometime ago, it is recommended for a life time for heart patients. Then plavix with aspirin for dual therapy of DES for a year, Then more than a year for DES implants. I believe one can find any information they may want to hear about plavix as a medication.
Aspirin from what I read recently is 81 mg, that is what I take. Personally, I wouldn't take a heavy dose of anti-platelets.
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