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Wednesday, July 29, 2009 sailgal, Community Member, asks

Q: how do i wean off plavix?

I've been on Plavix for 5 years after an ischemic brainstem stroke.  I've become much healthier and want to get off the Plavix.  No one seems to know how, including its manufacturer.   I phoned the company and a "counselor" told me to ask my doctor.  My doctor told me to phone the company!   The manufacturer's counselor told me "no studies have been done to get off it."   Okay, that means Plavix has  a captive, participating population for life???   Good marketing strategy, no?  Has anyone out there weaned off and beat the 90-day rebound effect??

Thanks for the info.


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1/10/10 4:59pm

Hi Saligal:


A neurologist would be the best person to answer the question. Basically the question is not how, but "should you."  Ischemic strokes are caused by athlerosclerosis in the arteries.  Plavix and other platelet inhibitors help prevent the formation of blood clots that cause strokes. 


Talk to a neurologist and find out what the best recommendation is for stopping or staying on the medication.


Dr. Kirk Laman

sailgal, Community Member
3/25/11 9:55pm

Hi Dr. Kirk,

Thank you for your response!   I understand the usual benefit of Plavix but I have been living whole food, plant-based, no-added-oil for two years now and as I understand it, old plaque is sealed in and no new plaque should be forming so aren't I at a much lower risk than before?  Thanks for your thoughts on this!


harold, Community Member
3/25/11 10:13am

I have been taking Plavix for one month.  I have purple splotches all over my body.  The doctor says I need the medicine.

I am listless and lethargic like I have never been before in my life.

I am seriously thinking about changing doctors because of it.

I too have tried to get information on how safe is it to quit taking Plavix.

Not even my Pharmicist could give me an answer.

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By sailgal, Community Member— Last Modified: 01/02/13, First Published: 07/29/09