grrr this is the 3rd time i have tried to answer this post.
i take coumadin and plavix together, have for some time now. i have had seven strokes and not keen on an 8th one.
i bruise alot. am always a lovely shade of purple. i bleed a long time when i cut myself. i dont just spontaneously start to bleed, need to cut myself. i dont bleed any more than any one else..just a lot longer. its not that big a deal. you of course have to be careful, might even wear a medic alert bracelet.
i spent 5 months in the hospital last time i stroked so if the good docs think my risk os stroke is high than risk of major bleed i take the stuff.
i have anti phospholipid antibodies, and hyperhomocysteineuria which caused the arteries in my head to get all screwed up. i had to have a stent put in my basilar artery which is very very risky. if i dont take the plavix, i start to lose chunks of vision, get pins and needles all the time, vertigo..so i take the coumadin and plavix and a plateful of other meds with no complaints.
oh and i didnt go from coumadin alone to coumadin and plavix. i did coumadin and a baby aspirin, then coumadin and aggrenox, then coumdin and plavix.