Your doctor will probably prescribe
several medicines after you have had a
transient ischemic attack (TIA). Medicines to prevent
blood clots are typically used, because blood clots can cause TIAs and
It all started with a headache -- pounding pain behind the left eye -- that wouldn't go away.
A healthy 37-year-old at the time, Jill Bolte Taylor tried to shake the pain
with a cardioworkout. But that didn't work.
Feeling rocky, Taylor headed for her shower. She noticed herself losing
coordination and struggling with balance -- she had to lean against her shower
The shower's roar startled her, and her sense of where her body began and
ended was fading. "My perception of myself was that...
Aspirin (for example, Bayer) is most often used to prevent TIAs
Aspirin combined with dipyridamole (Aggrenox)
is a safe and effective alternative to aspirin.
Clopidogrel (Plavix) may be used
for people who cannot take aspirin.
Anticoagulants such as warfarin (for example, Coumadin) prevent blood clots from forming and keep existing blood clots from getting bigger. You may need to take this type of medicine after a TIA if you have atrial fibrillation or another condition that makes you more likely to have a stroke. For more information, see the topic Atrial Fibrillation.
Statins lower cholesterol and can greatly reduce the risk of stroke in people who have had a TIA. Statins even protect against stroke in people who don't have heart disease or high cholesterol.2
Blood pressure medicines
If you have high blood pressure, your doctor may want you to take medicines to lower it. Blood pressure medicines include: