What is Plavix and why is it prescribed?
Plavix, or its generic form, clopidogrel bisulfate, is a blood thinner which works by preventing the formation of blood platelets that could result in clotting. Though clotting of blood plays a critical role in wound repair and healing, too many platelets in the circulatory system can lead to heart attack, stroke, pulmonary embolism, and deep vein thrombosis. All of these conditions have the potential to be fatal.
Studies have found that Plavix side effects could increase the risk of serious and potentially fatal injuries for some users. Although the manufacturers advertised that Plavix is better than Aspirin, it has been shown to be no more effective and, in some cases, could be more dangerous to patients to whom it was prescribed.
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Motivated by increasing their profits, the manufacturers pushed uses for Plavix which were not FDA approved. These Plavix off-label uses significantly increased the risk of heart attacks and strokes, even though the medication was prescribed to reduce the risk of such events. In individuals with high cholesterol or high blood pressure, Plavix nearly doubles the risk of heart attacks, strokes and bleeding. In many cases Plavix is prescribed by doctors for atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), following angioplasty and after use of drug-coated stents to reduce the risk of clotting.
In 2006, a study published in The New England Journal of Medicine called the Clopidogrl for High Atherothrombotic Risk and Ischemic Stabilization Management and Avoidance (CHARISMA) study found that there was no added benefit to treating patients with both clopidogrel and aspirin combined as compared with aspirin and a placebo.
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Researchers further found that in a subgroup of participants who were given the combined medications as a preventative measure, but were not symptomatic of stroke or heart attack, the risk of moderate to severe bleeding increased. Furthermore, the risk of death increased in patients who were given clopidogrel.
Plavix Side Effects and Injuries
The most common injuries from Plavix use include:
- Heart Attack
- Internal Bleeding
- Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (TTP)
Seeking a Plavix Attorney
If you were prescribed Plavix and have concerns, speak with your doctor. Do not stop taking any medication you were prescribed without first consulting your doctor.
If you took Plavix and suffered side effects, you may be entitled to compensation for your damages. Contact my office today at 800-285-HURT or use the link to the right.