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Once started, should a person remain on Plavix forever?

I am a 62 year old diabetic. My medications include Lantus, Prandin, Metformin, Toprol XL, Losartan and baby Aspirin. I had a coronary stent in 2000, restenosis a few months later which was treated with brachytherapy. In 2008 I had two more stents put in (Zotarolimus Eluting stents). After the stent in 2000, I was advised to take Plavix for three months. Then I stopped it. After the 2008 stents, I was advised to take it forever. I just read an article about studies that were done claiming that stent patients do not have to stay on Plavix forever. What is your opinion?   

submitted by Susan from New York on 4/15/2013

Answer:

by Texas Heart Institute cardiologist, Neil E. Strickman, MD  

Neil E. Strickman, MDThe consensus is one year, however, patients with known CAD [Coronary Artery Disease] may benefit from lifetime therapy.     

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