Plavix is usually stopped cold turkey after a year by routine practice. The jury is still out as to what the ideal period of dosing is, as we need to balance bleeding risks and costs against prevention of heart attacks. There may be a tiny benefit of continuing plavix beyond a year, but the data are very weak at best. Hence the common clinical practice of stopping it one year out. Be sure to maintain aspirin and statins to limit risk of restenosis.
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