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My husband is on clopidogrel 75mg and aspirin 100mg since

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My husband is on clopidogrel 75mg and aspirin 100mg since March he now has bruises all over his body. Should he stop the clopidogrel?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Cardiology
Expert:  DrDLove replied 1 year ago.

Hello from JustAnswer.

What is the reason for which he is taking the clopidogrel and aspirin?

How long has he been taking these medicines?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
He has had 2 stents inserted following an angiography.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Has been using them since March 2016
Expert:  DrDLove replied 1 year ago.

Thank you for the additional information.

The current guidelines are that clopidogrel plus aspirin should be continued for 12 months after stent placement. The primary concern after stent placement is that a clot may form in the stent, which can lead to a heart attack. The combination of clopidogrel and aspirin are the best method for preventing such clots.

So, if the drugs are causing bruising of the skin, we would typically prefer to continue the drugs in someone that is two months after stent placement, as these bruises are far less serious than a heart attack. If more serious bleeding occurs, then it may be a more difficult decision, but as long as the only symptom is the bruising, we would prefer to continue the drugs.

I realize that you were hoping to learn that the clopidogrel could be stopped, but it would be better if the drug can be continued.

If I can provide any additional information, please let me know.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Thank you very much
He has also developed 3 very small lumps in the same area as the bruising. Are they related or common when using clopidogrel and aspirin
Expert:  DrDLove replied 1 year ago.

Yes, this is commonly associated with the visible bruising and is due to bruising of the deep layers of the skin. Both can occur from the clopidogrel and aspirin and beither are considered to be serious bleeding.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Thank you very much
Expert:  DrDLove replied 1 year ago.

You are most welcome.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
One more question please
Will the bruising reduce eventually? Even when on both medications
Expert:  DrDLove replied 1 year ago.

Yes, it will frequently reduce, although the time that it will take cannot be predicted.