Plavix and Recurrent Ulcers Side Effects

Patients taking Plavix may have an increased risk of developing recurrent ulcers. If you have been adversely affected by the blood thinner Plavix, contact an attorney for legal help.

An emerging body of research has raised serious concerns about the safety of the blood thinner Plavix, due to information suggesting the medication may cause serious side effects, including recurrent ulcers, among patients. Plavix (clopidogrel) belongs to a class of drugs called thienopyridines, and is commonly used in combination with aspirin to prevent heart attacks and stroke in patients with coronary heart disease, peripheral vascular disease or cerebrovascular disease. Plavix was approved by the FDA in 1997 and works by decreasing the activity of platelets, making them less likely to form blood clots, which can lead to heart attack or stroke. Plavix is currently manufactured by drug firms Bristol-Myers Squibb and Sanofi-Aventis. If you took the blood thinner Plavix and have since experienced a major side effect like recurrent ulcers, contact a Plavix attorney for legal help.

Recurrent Ulcers Described

Some patients are advised by their healthcare providers to take aspirin to reduce their risk of heart disease. However, research shows that even small doses of daily aspirin can increase a patient's risk of experiencing aspirin-induced ulcers and bleeding. The blood thinner Plavix has been heavily marketed by drug makers as providing greater cardiovascular benefits than aspirin while being easier on the stomach, reducing the risk of ulcers and gastrointestinal problems. Unfortunately, recent studies have actually indicated a potential link between Plavix use and a significantly increased risk of recurrent ulcers in patients.

Plavix Side Effect Studies and FDA Warnings

In 2003, the FDA required Plavix makers to update the drug's warning label to include the risk of ulcerative colitis, heart attack, stroke, gastrointestinal bleeding and intracranial bleeding. According to a New England Journal of Medicine study published in 2005, patients taking the blood thinner Plavix were an alarming twelve times more likely to experience recurrent ulcers, cerebral bleeding or GI bleeding, compared to patients taking a combination of aspirin and a heartburn pill. Researchers involved in the study also indicated that Plavix may actually impair the healing of ulcers and increase the risk of recurrent bleeding. In 2006, the NEJM published an additional study comparing the benefits and risks of taking Plavix in combination with aspirin, compared to taking aspirin alone. According to the report, taking Plavix with aspirin was not significantly more effective than taking aspirin alone in reducing the rate of heart attack, stroke, or death from cardiovascular causes.

Plavix Attorneys for Side Effects

Recurrent ulcers are dangerous and can significantly alter an affected individual's quality of life. If you or a loved one has suffered from a serious side effect like recurrent ulcers, and you believe Plavix to be the cause, contact an experienced Plavix attorney to discuss your options for legal recourse. You may be entitled to financial compensation for your injuries, medical expenses, and pain and suffering, which you can collect by filing a Plavix lawsuit against Bristol-Myers Squibb and Sanofi-Aventis. You are not at fault for any injuries caused by a dangerous pharmaceutical drug, and you should not be held responsible for the resulting consequences. Unfortunately, some drug companies intentionally conceal the more serious side effects of their medications, in an attempt to make their product more appealing to the public. With the help of a qualified Plavix lawyer, victims of potential Plavix side effects can protect their rights and bring public attention to the potentially harmful nature of the prescription medication.

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