I wish I could help.
I was part of a double blind study with clopidogrel/omeprazole after my first stent a decade ago.
Alas I broke the double blind because I didn't want to play with a placebo so I opened a capsule and ate it...pure sugar. I told my doctor and dropped out.
The point of the study was to determine if the most common side-effect of clopidogrel, gastritis and peptic ulceration, could be prevented by dosing with a PPI. I guess you have proven that it cannot be counted on.
I stopped clopidogrel in 6 weeks after daily nosebleeds because I knew that if I SAW blood there is probably some I am NOT seeing, like into my brain or stomach perhaps.
Well I have been back on it, along with aspirin starting this month after a couple more stents and I am as nervous as a kitten in a room full of rocking chairs about it. My doctor said 6 months and I told him lucky if I make it for 3. I've been two weeks and so far no nosebleeds, no gastritis.
I just cannot conceive of your spending 7 years on the drug. A week with gastritis is about 6 days too long for me.
Have you talked to your doctor about substituting another "blood thinner" like warfarin perhaps or nothing?
(Too bad you cannot take aspirin...I think it is at least as good as clopigorel.)
Last edited by Voxx976; 07-17-2013 at 04:53 AM.