INJURED AFTER TAKING BLOOD THINNER PLAVIX?
Plavix (clopidogrel bisulfate) is a blood-thinning drug prescribed to treat chest pain due to heart problems, poor circulation of the legs (peripheral artery disease), and to lower the risk of heart attack and stroke in high risk patients. Plavix can help lower the chance of a serious heart or blood vessel issue that could lead to death. First approved in 1998, clopidogrel is produced by Sanofi-Aventis. Plavix is one of the top selling drugs in the world and is regarded as one of the most effective heart medications by the World Health Organization.
Clopidogrel works by preventing blood platelets from sticking together and forming a blood clot, which oftentimes leads to serious heart complications. Side effects caused by clopidogrel include:
- Joint pain
- Nose bleeds
There are additional side effects caused by Plavix that could signal a more serious problem. These may include:
- Unexpected bleeding
- Blood in urine
- Coughing up blood
- Bruising from unknown causes
- Red or black stools
Despite being heralded as an effective treatment for stroke and heart attacks, clopidogrel can cause serious injuries and potentially fatal conditions.
PLAVIX LINKED TO DEADLY BLOOD CLOT DISORDER
Plavix can cause a serious blood clotting problem after just two weeks of treatment. Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (TTP) is when blood clots form in the blood vessels anywhere in the body. If not treated immediately, the condition can cause death. Symptoms of this dangerous side effect include:
- Purple spots on the skin or mouth
- Tiredness and weakness
- Shortness of breath
- Speech changes
- Vision changes
Contact a physician immediately if you are taking Plavix and experience any of these symptoms. Patients taking Plavix are believed to be taking a safe drug, but when serious complications happen, their life in put in jeopardy. Contact Thomas J. Henry if you have developed a serious condition after taking Plavix.
PLAVIX DRUG INTERACTIONS CAN CAUSE SEVERE DAMAGE
There are several drugs that have an adverse effect when taken with Plavix.
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID) — when these drugs are administered with Plavix, the risk of gastrointestinal bleeding is increased.
- Warfarin — when Plavix, an anti-coagulant, is taken with warfarin, another blood thinner, there is an increased risk of bleeding.
- Omeprazole — drugs such as Prilosec (omeprazole) and Nexium (esomeprazole) can reduce the effectiveness of Plavix’s anti-clotting effects. This reaction puts patients who rely on the blood-thinning properties of Plavix to prevent potentially deadly blood clots from occurring.
FDA WARNS POOR METABOLIZERS AT RISK OF BLOOD CLOTS
In 2010, the United States Food and Drug Administration added a black box warning on Plavix’s label warning of the risk posed to poor metabolizers of Plavix. According to the FDA, some people do not effectively metabolize clopidogrel, which means they may not receive the full blood-thinning benefits of the heart medication.
The FDA urges physicians to consider alternative antic-platelet medications or different dosing strategies to address this issue if it arises. In order for Plavix to work, certain enzymes in the liver must convert the drug to its active form. In these patients, Plavix is less effective and is unable to properly prevent heart attacks, stroke, and cardiovascular death.
CONTACT AN EXPERIENCED DANGEROUS DRUG INJURY ATTORNEY
Plavix can cause serious and potentially deadly side effects. If you or a loved one have been the victim of a dangerous drug like Plavix, contact Thomas J. Henry. Our experienced pharmaceutical drug injury lawyers are available to hear your claim 24/7, nights and weekends. We have the resources and experience to take on the pharmaceutical giants. Let us help you recover the compensation you deserve for your pain and suffering.