Plavix Side Effects

Plavix side effects may have been possibly linked to heart attack, stroke, gastrointestinal bleeding, Intracranial bleeding, and reoccuring ulcers that have allegedly caused injury and death in users.  Plavix lawsuits are being considered by attorneys in the US on behald of victims.

Serious side effects may result from the use of Plavix, a drug often used in combination with aspirin to prevent heart attacks and stroke. Plavix is a prescription drug known as a blood thinner, which is used to inhibit blood clotting in patients with coronary heart disease, cerebrovascular disease and peripheral vascular disease. Plavix (clopidogrel) belongs to a class of drugs called thienopyridines and was approved by the FDA in 1997 for the prevention of blood clots and to reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke. Plavix works by decreasing the activity of blood cells called platelets, making them less likely to form blood clots which can lead to adverse events like heart attack or stroke. Plavix is currently manufactured by pharmaceutical companies Bristol-Myers Squibb and Sanofi-Aventis and is the sixth most commonly prescribed drug of its kind in the United States.

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 gastrointestinal problems. Although Plavix manufacturers have advertised the drug as being better than aspirin, it has been shown to be no more effective and could even be more dangerous for some users, potentially leading to an increased risk of heart attack, stroke and gastrointestinal bleeding. As new information concerning Plavix side effects emerges, Plavix patients are advised to consult their healthcare professionals to discuss alternative treatment options. If you took Plavix and have since suffered a serious side effect, contact a Plavix attorney to discuss your legal options.

Plavix Serious Side Effects

According to recent studies, patients who take Plavix to prevent heart attack and stroke under the impression that the drug will prevent gastrointestinal problems, may actually be at an increased risk of suffering from serious side effects including:

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

While most consumers understand that no drug is 100% safe, they do expect their prescription medications to effectively treat their condition without causing them any unnecessary harm. Unfortunately, dangerous drugs like Plavix have the potential to cause side effects so severe that the potential risks of the treatment may actually outweigh the possible benefits. For this reason, Plavix patients are encouraged to contact their healthcare provider in order to discuss the possibility of finding a safer method of treatment.

Plavix Side Effect Studies and FDA Warnings

In 2003, the FDA required Bristol-Myers Squibb and Sanofi-Aventis to update the Plavix label to include the increased risk of gastrointestinal bleeding, intracranial bleeding, ulcerative colitis, heart attack and stroke. In 2010, the FDA added a "black box" warning to the Plavix label, warning patients and healthcare professionals that certain Plavix patients are at high risk of treatment failure. These patients, who may not effectively metabolize Plavix, may not receive the full benefits of the drug. Several studies have been published in which researchers have sought to examine the potentially harmful nature of Plavix. According to a New England Journal of Medicine study published in 2005, patients taking the blood thinner Plavix were twelve times more likely to suffer from cerebral bleeding, gastrointestinal bleeding or recurrent ulcers, compared to patients treated with a combination of aspirin and a heartburn pill. Researchers involved in this study indicated that Plavix may actually impair the healing of ulcers and increase the risk of recurrent bleeding.

According to another study conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, the risk of hemorrhaging among patients taking Plavix in combination with aspirin was significantly higher than researchers originally thought. Furthermore, it was originally believed that taking Plavix in combination with aspirin would reduce the risk of a second heart attack. Instead, the drug nearly doubles the risk of death, heart attack and stroke in people with no history of heart disease. In a 2006 NEJM study, researchers compared the benefits and risks of taking Plavix in combination with aspirin, compared to taking aspirin alone. The report indicated that taking Plavix plus aspirin was not significantly more effective than taking aspirin alone in reducing the rate of stroke, heart attack or death from cardiovascular causes.

Plavix Attorneys for Side Effects

No pharmaceutical drug should cause harm to patients. Unfortunately, the side effects potentially linked to Plavix are severe and may even result in death. If you or a loved one has suffered from a serious side effect and you believe Plavix to be the cause, contact a Plavix attorney to discuss your options for legal recourse. You may be entitled to financial compensation for your injuries and medical expenses, which you can collect by filing a Plavix lawsuit against Bristol-Myers Squibb and Sanofi-Aventis. Pharmaceutical companies like Bristol-Myers Squibb and Sanofi-Aventis are expected to produce and distribute safe and effective medications, and should be held responsible for any injuries caused by their products. Unfortunately, this isn't always the case. The only way to protect your rights and collect the compensation you deserve following a dangerous drug injury is to hire a qualified Plavix lawyer to represent your case.

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