Recent studies have found that the popular heart medication Plavix is linked to serious adverse Plavix side effects. Plavix, the second best-selling drug in the world, is used as an alternative to aspirin to prevent heart attacks and strokes. However, research suggests that Plavix taken alone or in combination with aspirin may increase the risk of gastrointestinal bleeding, stroke, heart attack, death, and other life-threatening conditions.
Gastrointestinal bleeding – A recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that Plavix users who have a history of peptic ulcer disease (PUD) are 12 times more likely to suffer ulcers and gastrointestinal bleeding than those who took a combination of aspirin and a heartburn pill.
Plavix prevents the formation of platelets in the blood, thus increasing the risk of hemorrhage in the gastrointestinal tract. Plavix gastrointestinal bleeding can cause severe harm or fatality.
Thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP) – TTP is a rare blood disorder that can be fatal once it reaches the brain or kidney. Research indicates that Plavix, and similar drugs, can trigger the formation of platelet and protein blood clots in susceptible patients causing serious Plavix side effects.
Heart attack, stroke or death – A recent study found that Plavix, when taken with aspirin, actually doubles the risk of death, heart attack, or stroke in patients who have no previous history of heart disease, but have high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Furthermore, this study indicates that Plavix only moderately helped patients with heart disease, decreasing their risk by only one percent.
Other Plavix side effects include abdominal pain, chest pain, coughing, gout, irregular heartbeat, pneumonia, sinus inflammation, severe headache, and more.
Who should not take Plavix?
Patients who have a history of gastrointestinal bleeding such as stomach or intestinal ulcer, liver disease, blood disorder, or stroke should NOT take Plavix. Experts believe that Plavix has no significant benefit over standard low-dose aspirin therapy. Plavix should NOT be taken in combination with aspirin. Speak with your doctor about your medical history prior to starting or terminating any medication.
Have you suffered Plavix side effects?
If you or a loved one has suffered serious Plavix side effects, it is important to seek the help of a qualified Plavix lawyer who has a wealth of experience handling similar cases. A qualified lawyer can help you file a Plavix lawsuit to seek compensation for your losses and suffering including medical bills, pain and anguish, lost income capacity, and more.
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