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jan19230

Clopidogrel

I was taking Clopidogrel along with Atorvastatin after a minor stroke.  I stopped taking the Atorvastatin due to multiple side effects affecting my general health to the point where I thought I might actually die.

I also stopped the Clopidogrel, mainly because the leaflet said it is not compatible for people who have had a brain bleed.  Mine was in 2001 and stable but it always worried me that the drugs might affect me.  Well I suffered terrible stomach cramps and diarrhea, so I came off them.  After a very tense appointment with my doctor I agreed to go back on the Clopidogrel but NOT the Atorvastatin.

Day 2 of taking the Clopidogrel and the stomach cramps and diarrhea are back, so no, I won't be taking them any more.  I am also suffering a throbbing headache at the site of my 2001 aneurysm, blurred vision and neck pain.

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  • jan19230

    Hi Jan - I believe the docs made a minor health problem into multiple major problems after prescribing me Artovastatin. I took it religiously for two years as my health deteriorated - excema, hair loss, muscle cramps, memory loss,. phantom itches, vit D deficiency, hurtling toward type 2 diabetes - the list goes on. i threw the doc and the poison away 3 years ago - I still have minor episodes. Clopidogrel was prescribed too, and it followed the statins into the bin. I dea; with any issues through diet and exercise. Statins are a massive, money spinning con, a gateway drug to other ailments for you will be - you guessed it - prescribed yet more drugs. I got better after I took charge and researched my condition. The other point to make - none of us gets out alive. 

    • wayne1962

      I agree that none of us get out alive Wayne1962, but I don't need assistance from drugs to help me on my way.   Like you I suffered all those side effects, along with depression, anxiety and panic attacks and breathing difficulties.  I was sent for a spirometry test (the one where they measure your lung capacity) and told I had COPD and yes, put on another drug - an inhaler which is about as much use as a chocolate teapot.  I have come off the Clopidogrel again and I have just started taking CoEnzyme Q10 to try and repair some of the damage done by the other two drugs, but I feel I am in it for the long haul.  I was on the chemical drugs for 7 months and believe the dose given (80mg) was way too high for me and may have done some irreversible damage.  Trying to persuade my doctor that it WAS the statins is like beating my head against a wall, and as doctors around here are so difficult to come by, good ones anyway, I am stuck with her.  Having thought I was over most of it after a month off them, I am still suffering the odd muscle pain and spasm and the tiredness gets quite extreme.  I slept for nearly 12 hours last night and to  be honest I could go back to bed right now and sleep for another 12.  

      I am so angry that doctors and specialists are so blind to these terrible side effects and insist on telling people they are negligible when quite clearly they are not.

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