Plavix or not to Plavix

Vic M Community Member April 18, 2007
  • I am a 56 year old male with heart desease.  I had a heart attack at age 53 and had a coated stent put in to open up a blockage.  I took plavix for one year and continued with aspirin afterwards.  I had another heart attack June of 2006. This episode required two stents and showed no indication of a problem with the first stent.  In my opinion and also that of my cardiologist the second heart attack would probably not have occured if I wasn't smoking.  I know...I'm crazy, however I've been smoke free ever since and am on a strong regiment of daily exercise and healthy diet.  My total cholesterol (82), tryglyceride levels (77) and LDL (40) are exceptionally good. Unfortunately, my HDL is only 29.   By the way I suffered no damage to my heart from either attacks. One more piece of background info....I'm a diabetic.  My A1C is normally 5.8 to 6.0 with one daily dose of 500 mg glucofage.  

     

    Here's my difficultty. Last week my cardiololist told me that as of June, I could stop taking Plavix. Several months ago his practice was advocating the continuance of Plavix for the rest of my life.  Apparently, new studies have changed their approach.  When I expressed concern, he suggested that if I wanted to continue Plavix I could.

    He stated that he and his colleauges were recommend discontinuing Plavix for individuals with medicated stents after one year, but also are telling patients the option to continue.

     

    I'm confused and concerned.  My first inclination is to stop Plavix in June due to the risks of internal bleeding, however, I'd like some additional opinions.  Anyone have any?

12 Comments
  • J Deschaine
    Nov. 16, 2012

    My husband has been on plavix for three months, now he needs a shoulder operated on.  His Doctor won't do the surgery unless he gets off plavix for 5 days before the surgery.  His heart Doctor said no he'll have to do the surgery with you on plavix.  He's been suffering with his shoulder for six months.  Would someone tell me if being off...

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    My husband has been on plavix for three months, now he needs a shoulder operated on.  His Doctor won't do the surgery unless he gets off plavix for 5 days before the surgery.  His heart Doctor said no he'll have to do the surgery with you on plavix.  He's been suffering with his shoulder for six months.  Would someone tell me if being off this medicine for five days be that big a risk?  This is a choice he has to make at this time.

    • Anonymous
      Jon Hans
      Feb. 12, 2014

      Ive been on plavix for the past eight years with no side affects, and will continue the rest of my life. I also take Corig twice a day with no side affects, and diovan still no side affects. I feel great.

       

  • Anonymous
    Mohini
    Aug. 25, 2008

    I have been on Plavix since August 2006.  I hate this stuff.  It has made me feel miserable for the last 2 years.  My Dr. put me on an every other day schedule.  Aspirin one day and Plavix the next.  Sometimes I have headaches and now my gallbladder stays inflamed all of the time and I have to have it out.  I quit taking the Plavix...

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    I have been on Plavix since August 2006.  I hate this stuff.  It has made me feel miserable for the last 2 years.  My Dr. put me on an every other day schedule.  Aspirin one day and Plavix the next.  Sometimes I have headaches and now my gallbladder stays inflamed all of the time and I have to have it out.  I quit taking the Plavix for 3 days and my gallbladder quit hurting and then I took 1 plavix and woke up in the middle of the night hurting.  My Dr. says I can not quit taking it for the rest of my life which feels like it may be very short if I keep taking it and short if I don't.  I think I would rather have bypass surgery.  At least I wouldn't have to take Plavix.  Disgusting stuff.  Have you ever chewed one up?  OMG!  No wonder they tear up your stomach and the rest of your insides.  I think it will be the Plavix that will kill me.

    • Aunt Gin
      Mar. 14, 2011

      Hi, I'm taking plavix and have for years because of stents.  I also take pills for diabetes, high blood pressure, cholesterol and depression.  The final pill I take is a stomach pill because of all the others.

       

      I agree - sometimes doctors prescribe a pill without thinking about all the other pills you are taking. Thank goodness for pharmacists....

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      Hi, I'm taking plavix and have for years because of stents.  I also take pills for diabetes, high blood pressure, cholesterol and depression.  The final pill I take is a stomach pill because of all the others.

       

      I agree - sometimes doctors prescribe a pill without thinking about all the other pills you are taking. Thank goodness for pharmacists.

    • Mohini
      Mar. 15, 2011

      You are right.  I trust my Pharmacist more than my own doctor.  Thank God for information on the internet as well.  It helps reading about other people's struggles. Sometimes their information can help you.  I had my gallbladder out some time ago but I have a hiatal hernia that I have to take care of now.  Getting old is fun, right?...

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      You are right.  I trust my Pharmacist more than my own doctor.  Thank God for information on the internet as well.  It helps reading about other people's struggles. Sometimes their information can help you.  I had my gallbladder out some time ago but I have a hiatal hernia that I have to take care of now.  Getting old is fun, right?  The Plavix?  Well, I take it 3 times a week, maybe.  I take aspirin more than my plavix.  I buy the chewables and take them in the daylight hours so I'm not laying down and putting drugs on my stomach.  The only thing I take at night is Metoporol.  The less drugs on your stomach at night, the better. By the way, they are finding out that taking antacids on a continuous basis is also bad for you.  I don't do that either.  Taking all medications throughout the day has changed my need for antacids.  I only have it on occasion and that would be when I drink a little wine. Then I will take antacids.  I like a little wine a couple times a month so it's worth it.  I go through my Medco Pharmacist.  They are really knowledgeable.  

    • Aunt Gin
      Mar. 15, 2011

      I take lot of pills and to help my stomach deal with them, the doctor prescribed a medication that is the same as in Zantac.  Then my drug plan unlisted it and the doctor changed the pill to Rabeprazole which my plan still covers.

      It really does help and I find if I stop taking it my stomach gets upset.

       

    • Mohini
      Mar. 17, 2011

      Yes, another drug you can't do without.  My husband can't do without it either, because he keeps trashing it with beer.  I feel fortunate.  Don't have it anymore.

  • Anonymous
    keith
    Apr. 30, 2008

    Hi im male 48 years old with angina I had a drug eluting stent put in on 7-09-06 and was on Clopidogrel (plavix) for 1 year untill I had a small heart attack last week now back on it with rest of my meds. so if you have no problems with plavix i would stay on it .hope this helpsSmile

    • Anonymous
      Vic Marrale
      May. 01, 2008

      Thanks for the info.  Since I posted my comments and having further discussion with my primary Doctor I've reconciled myself to stay with Plavix. You comments support my decision even more.  Thanks and stay healthy.

       

      Vic

  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    May. 12, 2007
    My Doctor concluded that I was sensitive to all of the statin drugs e.g.. severe muscle pain, etc. He then suggested that I try Plavix, however on each occasion I spiked a temperature of 105 and when I stopped my temperature returned to normal. When I searched the net I was surprised to find many people that had reactions. Br careful and let your Doctor know...
    RHMLucky777
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    My Doctor concluded that I was sensitive to all of the statin drugs e.g.. severe muscle pain, etc. He then suggested that I try Plavix, however on each occasion I spiked a temperature of 105 and when I stopped my temperature returned to normal. When I searched the net I was surprised to find many people that had reactions. Br careful and let your Doctor know of any signs of discomfort. Good Luck!
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Apr. 26, 2007
    I can relate to your confusion very well.  I suffered an MI with resulting 2 Taxus stent implants.  I am 52 yrs. old with uncontrolled High Blood Pressure and I still smoke (I know I must quit).  I was told by cardiologist that I must continue with Plavix indefinitely as supposedly my blood produces too many platelets.  But now I've...
    RHMLucky777
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    I can relate to your confusion very well.  I suffered an MI with resulting 2 Taxus stent implants.  I am 52 yrs. old with uncontrolled High Blood Pressure and I still smoke (I know I must quit).  I was told by cardiologist that I must continue with Plavix indefinitely as supposedly my blood produces too many platelets.  But now I've been reading on all these web sites that Plavix actually increases the risk of another clot at the site of the implants!  I also realize that pharmaceutical companies are big business.  What are we to think?
    • harold
      Mar. 25, 2011

      I have decided to quit taking Plavix.  If everthing works out I will post the results.  I am a smoker and still enjoy doing so, but I know I must quit.

      I have A-Fib but not chronic.  Probably abot 1% of the time.

      I just had a Holter Implant put under my chest skin and I am sorry I did that.  It does monitor me 24-7 but I still don't think...

      RHMLucky777

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      I have decided to quit taking Plavix.  If everthing works out I will post the results.  I am a smoker and still enjoy doing so, but I know I must quit.

      I have A-Fib but not chronic.  Probably abot 1% of the time.

      I just had a Holter Implant put under my chest skin and I am sorry I did that.  It does monitor me 24-7 but I still don't think I needed it.

      After the implant the doctor put me on Plavix---the results to me are not what I expected or needed.  I bleed very easily and have purple splotches all over my body.  I feel tired all the time.  Before Plavix I was full of energy--played golf 3 times a week. Now--I just sit around on my butt wishing I wasn't so tired.

      By the way, I am 80 years and healthy as a horse  other than the results of Plavix.  Is my doctor taking advantage of me?