Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.
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Are My Stroke Meds Safe?

Tuesday, 17 April 2012 03:26 PM

Question: I am a 70 year old man who had a stroke two years ago. I am recovering but I worried about the long-term safety of the drugs I now take. I am taking Pradaxa, Metaprolo, and Coversyl Plus. I’d like to discontinue them if possible. What are the risks of going off these drugs?

Dr. Hibberd's answer:
All these drugs have been prescribed to you as part of your history of stroke. Suddenly stopping your medicine may cause your original condition to return, or increase your risk for another episode of stroke. This is why you must speak to your doctor if you are having any problems taking your medicine. If you are not having any problems taking this medicine then do not stop taking it, even if you feel better, unless advised to do so by your doctor. It should also be taken exactly as prescribed by your doctor, at the same time every day. Do not take in larger or smaller amounts (increase or decrease the doses prescribed) or for longer than recommended. Follow the directions on your prescription label.
As you already mention, be on the lookout for warning signs of side effects, and seek medical help immediately. Pradaxa can cause feeling of acid or sour stomach, belching, heartburn, indigestion, nausea, tarry stools, bloody stools, or constipation. Metoprolol and Coversyl Plus can cause weakness, dizziness, headaches, and vision disturbances.

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