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RE: plavix and warfarin combined

These drugs arent only used for heart disease. I had a stroke due to a 100 percent occlusion of the carotid artery. After being on warfarin and plavix separatelyI had a TIA ,I am currently on both,and so far so good.Is this normal that my bleeding and bruising disappeared after combing the two drugs? i am happy but confused.

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Terry926


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I don't know about "normal," but if the regimen of warfarin and Plavix is working for you, then great.  Your goal is to find something that works.  Have you been tested for clotting disorders?  Your story makes me wonder about that, especially if the stroke happened to be due to a clot.
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Im not really sure if I have been tested for a blood clotting disorder. I have so many blood tests I cant keep track. They say the stroke happened when a piece from the occluded carotid broke off and went up to my brain. At the same time for whatever reason the left carotid dissected, which they thought was a blockage until they did an angiogram and saw the dissection.Maybe I should ask about that blood clotting disorder, Thanks.

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There are other people besides yourself who require both Plavix and warfarin.  Sometimes aspirin is used in place of the Plavix, and the patient will be on aspirin and warfarin.  That type of combo regimen is used when the doctor doesn't think that one drug alone is enough to do the job, and one drug obviously wasn't enough in your case.  It seems that your Plavix and warfarin regimen is working, so I'll join you in giving thanks for that.  If there's no clotting disorder, it will be interesting to hear whether the doctor has any idea why you require two drugs, but obviously you do.  Even if a "reason" is never identified, you've still "got to do what you've got to do."  Good luck.
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