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Had three stints installed. When can I stop taking plavix?

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I had three stints installed a year ago. When can I stop taking plavix.
Posted Wed, 7 Aug 2013 in Medicines and Side Effects
Answered by Dr. Maruti Karale 1 hour later
Hello XXXXX!
Thanks for query.
Before answering your question I need more information regarding stenting.
When was the last stent put?
What type of stent was put-bare metal stent or drug metal stent?
I am waiting for your reply.
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Follow-up: Had three stints installed. When can I stop taking plavix? 8 hours later
Three stints installed 14 months ago & they were drug coated stents
Answered by Dr. Maruti Karale 6 hours later
Hello XXXXX!

Thanks for reply.

As per the standard guidelines available plavix should not be stopped within one year. After the first year, there are no clear guidelines regarding stopping plavix. However long term treatment with plavix is indicated for patients with long length of stent, multiple stents and those with history of diabetes.

I think it is better to continue plavix if you are not having other contraindications.

Hope this answers your query. If you need more information please let me know.

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