Alternatives to low-dose aspirin
To prevent blood clots that may cause a stroke or a heart attack, your doctor may choose one of the following anti-clotting treatments:
- clopidogrel (Plavix) — generally reserved for people who cannot take regular low-dose aspirin
- dipyridamole (Persantin SR) — often combined with aspirin to prevent people from having another stroke or transient ischaemic attack (TIA or mini-stroke)
- warfarin (Coumadin, Marevan) — usually the preferred choice for those with atrial fibrillation who are at a very high risk of experiencing a stroke.
For more information about medicine choices, see the conditions page for your medicine.
The choice of anti-clotting medicine depends on the reasons why a blood clot may form, and the type of clot it would be if it did. Your doctor should take your individual situation and lifestyle into account when prescribing the most suitable medicine for you. If you would like to know more about your treatment options, or if you have any questions or concerns about your medicines, always speak to your doctor or pharmacist.