Following a stroke, you may be prescribed
an antiplatelet drug such as Aspirin or Plavix. In this video, we’ll talk about antiplatelets
and cover: -The types of antiplatelet medications that
are used to prevent stroke. -How antiplatelet medications can reduce stroke.
And -Possible side effects of antiplatelet medications. Antiplatelet medications reduce your chance of having a blood clot by preventing the platelets
in your blood from clumping together. Taking antiplatelet medications can reduce your stroke
risk by 25%. There are three antiplatelet medications commonly used today and they all work equally well: The First, is Acetylsalicylic Acid. This is
also called ASA or Aspirin. Second, is Clopidogrel. also called Plavix.
And third is ASA combined with another medication called Dipyridamole.
This combination is also called Aggrenox. Antiplatelet medications are usually well tolerated. Some people experience an upset stomach while taking these medications. The medications can cause you to bruise more
than usual and they can also increase your risk of bleeding. Talk your doctor, your Lakeridge
Health pharmacist or another member of your health care team if you experience side effects
or if you have any questions about antiplatelet medication or any other drug you are taking.