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fathermike77, April 19,  2021  3:09pm EST

Plavix and something for arthritis pain

Wife had heart attack 3/30/20  and had 3 stints put in.  Will be on plavix for one year.  They stopped her Meloxicam for arthritis pain and replaced it with asprin  Not helping.  She is in severe pain in all joints everyday.  Is there something she can take which would be safe with Plavix?


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  • AHAModerator
    AHAModerator, April 19,  2021  5:15pm EST

    Good afternoon,

    Thank you for joining the support network. Unfortunately, I'm not a medical professional and we are not able to give medical advice on the support network, so I would recommend raising any questions and concerns with your wife's doctor. In the meantime, I can share a resource on the Types of Heart Medications and Getting a Second Medical Opinion to help you learn more. Please keep us updated on how you and your wife are doing!

    Best wishes,

    AHA Moderator

  • KarlR
    KarlR, April 21,  2021  12:13am EST


    My cardiologist allows me to take steroids (Prednisone) instead of Meloxicam.  However, I only have brief, occasional problems with my herniated disc.  I'm not taking them for extended periods.

  • EMON1
    EMON1, April 21,  2021  2:20am EST

    (I'm NOT a doctor, so always check with one 1st), but having stents and taking plavix and baby aspirin usually makes aspirin/NSAIDs off limits for pain relief. I'm surprised your wife's doctor put her on aspirin, an extra bleeding risk. I was able to get Tylenol #3 (with codeine) from my doctor, less of an additional bleeding risk. (It is an opioid, so care should be taken)

    FYI - The newer thinking on stents is that plavix (clopidogrel) may be permanent if tolerated, with DES stents clotting is always a risk factor :(

  • KarlR
    KarlR, April 21,  2021  9:28pm EST

    Mike and Emon,

    The real issue with Meloxicam (and other NSAIDs, including Ibuprofen) is that they create an increased risk of gastrointestinal bleeding.  (Based on my reading of the side effects of meds.)  Combine that with blood thinners (whether Plavix, aspirin or both), and we could be in for major problems.

  • YukonDenison
    YukonDenison, April 26,  2021  12:33pm EST

    Mike, Good Monday Morning! For my arthritis, I use generic Tylenol Arthritis: extended release acetaminophen at least 3 times a day. I'm hoping for a orthopedic specialist to provide some small doses of prednisone joint injections now to soothe the inflammation and let me move around with less pain. I also rest for at least 45 minutes mid-day.  I miss aquatic exercise time at the Y pool near us

  • EricS
    EricS, May 3,  2021  2:14am EST

    I'm sorry to hear of your wife's pain! I'm sure its unbearable to witness the pain. I recently had heart attack and tod not to use ibuprofen for arthritis pain and the doc's have no answer. I Don't k ow what to say but I feel for you and wish for you the best!!!

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