next day she had a hemorrhagic stroke and was in 3 different hospitals for 1 month. Up until last week she was taking 2x 81mg of aspirin a day but is now on 75 mg of Plavix Now the neurologist said that if it was her mom she would take it, her hematologist said she would die if she did not take Plavix, and now she has been on Plavix a week. Her joints are starting to ache and she has weakness, nothing more serious. But we have been reading up on this medication and we are both terrified..we don't know what to do. should she get off it now and go back to aspirin or stay on it??? My mother also has polycythemia.