Plavix Side Effects

Side effects like stroke and heart attack may result in injury lawsuits being filed by Plavix patients. If you have been affected by the blood thinner, consult a Plavix attorney today.

Recent studies and FDA warnings have raised significant concerns about the safety of the anti-blood clotting medication, Plavix, due to information about the potential for serious Plavix side effects. Plavix (clopidogrel) is a prescription blood thinner used to inhibit blood clotting in patients with coronary heart disease, peripheral vascular disease or cerebrovascular disease. Plavix falls into a category of medications called thienopyridines, and functions by decreasing the activity of platelets, making them less likely to form blood clots. Plavix was approved by the FDA in 1997 to reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke caused by blood clots, and is currently manufactured by drug companies Bristol-Myers Squibb and Sanofi-Aventis. If you took the blood thinner Plavix and have since suffered from a major side effect like heart attack or stroke, contact a Plavix attorney to discus your legal options.

Potential Plavix Side Effects

Plavix has been heavily marketed as providing a greater cardiovascular benefit than aspirin while being easier on the stomach, minimizing the risk of gastrointestinal problems. Unfortunately, recent studies have indicated not only that Plavix is no more effective than aspirin, but also that it may be associated with an increased risk of severe side effects, including:

  • Stroke
  • Heart attack
  • Gastrointestinal bleeding
  • Recurrent ulcers
  • Intracranial bleeding
  • Death

Despite this major side effect risk, Plavix remains on the market for consumer use and is actually the sixth most frequently prescribed drug of its kind in the United States.

Plavix Side Effect Studies and FDA Warnings

The FDA recently added a "black box" warning to the Plavix label, warning patients and healthcare professionals about the risk of treatment failure in some Plavix patients. According to the FDA alert, certain patients may not metabolize Plavix effectively, which can result in reduced effectiveness of the blood thinner and the inability of the drug to prevent heart attack, stroke and cardiovascular death. Previously, the FDA (2003) required Plavix makers to update the drug's label to include the risk of stroke, heart attack, gastrointestinal bleeding, intracranial bleeding and ulcerative colitis.

Several FDA warnings and side effect studies concerning Plavix have been issued in recent years, bringing public attention to the potentially harmful nature of the anti-blood clotting medication. In 2005, the New England Journal of Medicine published a study in which researchers found that Plavix patients were twelve times more likely to experience cerebral bleeding, recurrent ulcers or gastrointestinal bleeding, compared to patients treated with a combination of aspirin and a heartburn pill. Experts originally believed that taking Plavix in combination with aspirin would reduce the risk of a second heart attack. However, a study conducted by the CDC and published in the Archives of Internal Medicine found a significantly increased risk of stroke, heart attack and death in Plavix patients with no history of heart disease.

Plavix Attorneys for Side Effects

Despite the fact that Plavix was specifically designed to be used in combination with aspirin to reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke, research has indicated that the drug is not significantly more effective than taking aspirin alone in reducing the rate of heart attack, stroke, or cardiovascular death in patients. If you or a loved one has suffered from a severe side effect which you believe to be linked to Plavix, contact a Plavix attorney for legal help. You may have grounds to file a Plavix lawsuit against Bristol-Myers Squibb and Sanofi-Aventis, in order to pursue financial compensation for your injuries, medical expenses, and pain and suffering. Drug companies are responsible for the safety of their medications, even after they enter the market, and should be held liable for any adverse side effects sustained by consumers of their products. With the help of a qualified Plavix lawyer, victims of potential Plavix side effects can protect their rights and collect the compensation they deserve.

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