Gastric ulcer bleed 3 weeks ago. On Clopidogrel

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3 weeks ago I was vomiting blood and passing blood per rectum and was admitted into hospital in Nairobi.. Endoscopy showed a large stomach ulcer. Colonoscopy was normal. I have been on Clopidogrel since a femoral bypass in the UK on 2 Dec 2015 for a clotted aneurysm, dvt and an embolism. What is the thinking about stopping the Clopidogrel ? thank you.


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    Hi Gate_Keeper - i was on Clopidogrel for about 2 years when I finally threw them away. As I understand it, the drug is used for six months or so before being discarded. Was Clopidogrel responsible for the bleeding?

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      Hi Wayne1962

      Thank you for answering. I have 5 Aneurysms. Each one has a rough lining on the inside and can attract clots. The idea of the Clopidogrel was to keep the bypass working and to stop new clots forming inside the Aneurysms. I read on the net that a side-effect of Clopidogrel is Duodenal or Peptic Ulcers.

      I feel as though I am between a rock and a hard place, when the physician at the hospital told me, next time I have a bleed from the stomach, I will be in trouble. He said there is not antidote and it takes 5 days for the Clopidogrel to get out of my system. I forgot to ask the Doctor if it caused the stomach ulcer.

      When I vomited the blood in the emergency room, I threw up about 2 pints of the stuff, I went into shock , felt ghastly. I had an emergency endoscopy, I was put to sleep and the ulcer was cauterised/clipped and the bleeding was stopped.

      It was brave off you to throw your Clopidrogrel tablets away. I hope you are better.

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    In reply to my question, I wrote to the vascular surgeon who carried out the bypass and I asked him the same. He emailed me yesterday and said I must remain on Clopidogrel and Esomeprazole for life.

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