It’s important to take your medications as prescribed by the doctor who performed your WATCHMAN Implant procedure. You can find general guidelines below, but be sure to talk to your doctor about what’s right for you.
Taking Your Medications
It’s extremely important that you take the recommended medications (warfarin, clopidogrel and aspirin) at the recommended time. If you stop taking these medications or change their dosage before being instructed to do so by your doctor, it increases the chances of blood clot formation, subsequent stroke or even death. Talk to your doctor before stopping your medications or changing the dosage.
Discontinuing Your Medications
If you do require premature discontinuation of these medications because of significant bleeding, your doctor will carefully monitor you for possible complications. Once your condition has stabilized, your doctor may restart these medications. Talk to your doctor before restarting medications or changing their doses.
Medical and Dental Procedures
If surgery or dental work requires you to stop taking your medications prematurely, you and your doctors should carefully consider the risks and benefits of this additional surgery or dental work versus the possible risks from stopping these medications early. Talk to your doctor about the timing of any medical procedures you may need.
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