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February 8, 2012

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Question from Cumberland, Rhode Island, USA:

I've had type 1 diabetes for 32 years. I've never had a heart attack or any stents. I take a number of medications daily, including Plavix. Should someone who has never had a heart attack or stents be on Plavix? I am taking medications for high blood pressure and cholesterol.

Answer:

The American Diabetes Association Clinical Guidelines indicate that Plavix is an appropriate substitution for aspirin in aspirin-allergic patients. This may be an indication for the drug, if you are allergic to aspirin. Otherwise, I would suggest you discuss this with your physician.

JTL