Plavix (clopidogrel) is a blood thinner and anticoagulant that is prescribed to people who have suffered stroke, heart attack, heart or arterial disease. It is also recommended for people who have had a positive stress test indicating an imminent heart attack. It prevents blood clots from forming and can lengthen the time that it takes for blood platelets to form clots. This drug is not recommended for patients with active bleeding such as peptic ulcer, intracranial bleeding, kidney disorder, a history of stroke, or thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP). Aside from the medical history and condition of the patient, the doctor also takes note of the current medications and surgeries that the patient will undergo.
FDA Warnings about Plavix Side Effects
Since the introduction of the Plavix, makers of the drug have claimed that it is safe and is a superior alternative to aspirin, a drug commonly used as a blood thinner. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has expressed its concern, however, that the manufacturers of Plavix, Sanofi-Aventis and Bristol-Myer Squibb, have not fully disclosed the risks associated with taking Plavix. In fact, studies have shown that the side effects of the drug increase the risk of developing more serious injuries.
Increased and Dangerous Side Effect Risks of Plavix
For individuals with ulcers or who have a history of gastrointestinal disorders, the risk of bleeding or recurrent ulcers becomes 12 times higher with Plavix compared to Aspirin. For patients with high blood pressure or high levels of cholesterol, the risk of heart attack, stroke and serious bleeding is doubled. Since this drug is an anticoagulant, individuals with slight injuries may bleed more easily. The risk of using Plavix with other drugs such as aspirin, celecoxib, diclofenac, ibuprofen, indomethacin, meloxicam, naproxen, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and others remain unknown, and so it is best to inform your doctor that you are taking any of these medications. In some severe cases, the use of Plavix may lead to death.
Plavix May Not Be as Safe as Advertised
Millions of Americans were prescribed the blood thinner Plavix in the belief that it is a safe alternative to aspirin. Some were wrongly prescribed despite the risks linked to the Plavix, and the caution required before recommending its use. If you or a loved one suffered any disorder or ailment due to the wrongful prescription of this drug, you have a right to recover compensation.
PLEASE SPEAK WITH YOUR DOCTOR BEFORE DISCONTINUING USE OF PLAVIX OR ANY OTHER PRESCRIPTION MEDICATION.
Have You or a Loved One Developed Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (TTP) While on Plavix?
If you or a loved one have developed TTP while on the blood thinner Plavix, you may want to speak with a Plavix attorney regarding a potential lawsuit against Plavix. d’Oliveira & Associates, Rhode Island personal injury lawyers, are working with some of the leading lawyers in the country who are handling these cases.
Please contact the law offices of d’Oliveira & Associates at 1-800-992-6878 or fill out a contact form for a free legal consultation.