Crohn's and Plavix

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Date Joined Aug 2007
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   Posted 8/29/2007 3:50 PM (GMT -7)   
As a new "diagnosee" myself of Crohn's Ileitis (which means an inflamed ileum) I have been taking Plavix, a blood thinner now for the past ten months, as I had sustained a heart attack in late October of last year.  Now, as my symptoms are (thus far) mild, basically experiencing predominately, malaise, intestinal cramping and diarrhoea, the latter has not been bloody.  My concern is "down the path".  Being on a blood thinner, and experiencing periodic inflammation, wouldn't that be a recipe for bloody stools and the runs?
Thanx. confused

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Date Joined Dec 2006
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   Posted 8/29/2007 8:08 PM (GMT -7)   
I would guess that as long as your Crohn's is under control bleeding shouldn't be much of an issue, especially if you don't have involvement in your colon. This would be a great question to ask your doctor and/or pharmacist, though. But since Crohn's comes with an increased risk of clotting disorders, you'll probably have to stay on some type of blood thinner or anticoagulant. Good luck!

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Date Joined Jan 2003
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   Posted 8/30/2007 12:29 AM (GMT -7)   
crohnboy, having had a couple of intestinal hemoraghes myself, i would caution you that if you see any sign of a big bleed, get thee to a hospital posthaste. yes you may be doing ok right now, but what can happen is an ulceration in the small or large bowel can eat through at a spot of a vein or artery and bled heavily. being on the blood thinner will only make this even more dangerous for you. of course discuss this with your dr, but i would think he would give the same advice, if you see more than a small amount of blood in your poop, run!

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