The types of medicines that prevent clotting are:
- Anticoagulant medicines.
- Antiplatelet medicines.
You may need to take this type of medicine after a stroke if you have atrial fibrillation or another condition that makes you more likely to have another stroke. For more information, see the topic Atrial Fibrillation.
- Aspirin (for example, Bayer) is most often used to prevent TIAs and strokes.
- Aspirin combined with dipyridamole (Aggrenox) is a safe and effective alternative to aspirin.
- Clopidogrel (Plavix) may be used for people who cannot take aspirin.
Blood pressure medicines
Medicines used to treat depression and pain may also be prescribed after a stroke.