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scottshamp, August 13,  2019  10:10pm EST

Meds after one year anniversary

Next month will be my one year anniversary. Woo, right!? My cardiologist said it would be my choice to continue Brilinta beyond one year. He said most studies going beyond one year are funded by the drug companies so there's not a lot of independent data. He said there’s pros and cons to continue and discontinue but he did say since I'm relatively young, I'm not at a risk for bleeding events. I guess my question is who all is still on Brilinta/Plavix after one year even at a reduced dosage? Or have you been told differently? Thanks. 

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  • seattledave
    seattledave, August 13,  2019  10:35pm EST

    Hey Scott - I've been on plavix since my initial episode in 2015.  I've tolerated it well.  For me the possible cosequences of not taking it keeps me taking it I guess.  And the aspirin too.

    Good luck with your decision dude

  • scottshamp
    scottshamp, August 13,  2019  11:00pm EST

    Thanks seattledave. I'm leaning toward saying on Brilinta but at 60mg vs 90mg I'm on now plus the aspirin. I don't really have any problems with the med. Like you, I'd rather keep on taking it and be safe than sorry. For now at least... 

  • vancet
    vancet, August 14,  2019  12:46am EST

    Congratulations, Scott.  I'm looking forward to my 1 year anniversary next June.  I want to get off Metoprolol and Effient (previously Brilinta).

  • Wainy1
    Wainy1, August 14,  2019  10:46am EST

    Hi Scott I am also one year out in SeptemberI saw my cardiologist last week who is stopping my ticagrelor That I take twice daily I am a little frightened about this but it seems standard practice here in the uk hopefully I will let you know the outcome after our anniversary haha take care 

  • scottshamp
    scottshamp, August 14,  2019  10:24pm EST

    Thanks Vancet. The year has gone by fast. I still look in the mirror and can't belive this happened. But I'm glad I'm putting time behind me now. I'm still working on accpetance it seems. 

    Wainy1, look forward to hearing how it goes. I'm sure there will be no issues. 

  • DolphinWrite
    DolphinWrite, August 16,  2019  9:43pm EST

    Congratulations.  Depending upon the stents, I've read 3 months is all that''s necessary.  After my year, I threw the few brilinta pills left away.  My cardiologist said continuing gave a 1% help.  I like to cycle.  I like to fish.  Garden.  Any serious fall and I could bleed out.  Hit my head, get a concussion, and serious results could happen.  I'm not going to quit the physical stuff and I'm tired of blood streaming when I shave or nick my leg.  I researched, talked to doctors, and decided.  The choice is yours.  Your life.  All the best.  😁

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