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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?
AHAModerator, April 19, 2021 5:15pm EST
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!
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, 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, 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, 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, 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!!!