How long should you take clopidogrel after TIA?

The combination of low-dose aspirin and clopidogrel (Plavix) reduces recurrent stroke and disability compared with aspirin alone when started as soon as possible after a high-risk transient ischemic attack (TIA) or minor ischemic stroke without persistent disabling neurologic deficit and continued for 10 to 21 days.

Can diarrhea be a stroke symptom?

Bowel problems can occur after a stroke: Constipation develops when bowel movements do not occur as often as they used to or you have trouble passing stools. Diarrhea is loose bowel movements.

What should you do immediately after a TIA?

To significantly reduce the risk of stroke, a person who has experienced a TIA must seek the proper follow-up care immediately after the episode. Streib recommends that all patients visit an emergency room during or immediately after a TIA to receive imaging of their brain and blood vessels.

What drugs are given after TIA?

Anti-platelet drugs. Aspirin is also the least expensive treatment with the fewest potential side effects. An alternative to aspirin is the anti-platelet drug clopidogrel (Plavix). Your doctor might prescribe aspirin and clopidogrel to be taken together for about a month after the TIA .

Can a mini stroke affect your bowels?

Weak muscles and nerve damage from a stroke can cause trouble with your bowels. You also may not be as active as you used to be, and you may be eating different food. That can make it harder to poop, too.

Can Tia cause upset stomach?

You might get problems like heartburn, bloating, or an upset stomach. Anticoagulants. After your TIA, if you have atrial fibrillation (AFib) — a problem with your heart’s rhythm — it could be because the clot that triggered your TIA started in your heart.

How can you tell if you’ve had a TIA?

The signs and symptoms of a TIA resemble those found early in a stroke and may include sudden onset of: Weakness, numbness or paralysis in your face, arm or leg, typically on one side of your body. Slurred or garbled speech or difficulty understanding others. Blindness in one or both eyes or double vision.

Can a TIA have residual effects?

TIAs look like strokes in terms of signs and symptoms, but they are temporary. In other words, they leave no lasting brain damage or residual symptoms. However, they serve as a warning sign that a person is at higher risk of a major stroke and should seek immediate medical attention.