Clopidogrel Withdrawal

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August 23, 2012 | 4 Comments


  1. What sort of withdrawal effects should we expect from Risperidal, tapered from a 3mg dose at .25 per drop? There are significant dopamine tremors, will these get worse or better?

    • Christine – very difficult to say without knowing all drugs etc. This needs to be done extraordinarily slowly. But a range of motor side effects, increased sensitivity to stress etc are all possible. Finally, it may simply not be possible to stop.

  2. I stopped clopidegrel for three weeks for an operation when I restarted it I itched all over the first day. The second day I took it my pulse rose by thirty + and I had chest pains and was hot and had trouble breathing. My GP told me to try it again and on the third day my pulse rose again and I was hot and clammy. I am never going to take this drug again it makes e feel so ill.

  3. In August 2008 I had a Brain Haemorrhage. Following Stereotactic Radio Surgery I was prescribed a raft of blood pressure tablets to ensure my b.p which had never been high remained low. Then in October 2012 I suffered a stroke which initially took the use from my left side. I made a full recovery but do still have some minor residual issues. Following what I was led to believe I is pretty standard practice I was ultimately prescribed Clopidogrel which I have now taken for about three years. After six months I was distracted by severe tingling and pins and needles in my left hand side. This was NOT associated by my GP with Clopidogrel but I do now begin to wonder! Instead I was prescribed Gabapentin which I took for over a year before it was decided that it was responsible for mood swings and depression. So I came of this without any unexpected side effects.
    Now three years after my stroke I have started suffering with heartburn an hour or so after eating anything. As a result I am having a Gastroscopy in two days time to investigate what may be the problem. Due to the potential for internal bleeding I was told by the hospital endoscopy department that I must stop taking Clopidogrel seven days before the procedure which I did. However a few days after stopping taking Clopidogrel I found myself to be increasingly suffering from the same distressing tingling and pins and needles in my left hand side. Since this was over Christmas there was no GP to discuss antything with. Being a little concerned my Wife and I have explored the Internet and found this article. We were very interested to read that Clopidogrel may well have a lot to answer for!!!

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