As one of the most commonly prescribed drugs on the U.S. market, Plavix is a heart attack and stroke preventing drug that is marketed by Bristol-Myers Squibb and Sanofi Pharmaceuticals. Also known as a "clopidogrel," Plavix is a blood-thinner that belongs to a category of drugs called antiplatelets, which are used to prevent the formation of blood clots within the patients arteries and thus lengthens the time it takes for platelets to form clots. Left untreated, these blood clots can lead to stroke, heart attack, and death.
Plavic Side Effects
The updated webpage provides information on studies linking the drug to serious heart attacks and strokes, and the increased risk for people with multiple risk factors such as cholesterol or high blood pressure. The updated page also documents how Plavix may impair the healing of ulcers and increases the risk for recurrent bleeding. Persons suffering from the side effect of recurrent bleeding have indicated symptoms such as vomiting blood, black stools, low blood pressure, increased pulse rate, disorientation, confusion, and sleepiness.
Plavix Medical Studies
The webpage also includes a recent study conducted by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stoke (NINDS) that examined the effects of combining Plavix and aspirin that was forced to be suddenly discontinued because the combination was causing increased internal bleeding and even death in its test subjects. Even before the immediate end of the study, the NINDS reported that Plavix was offering no further benefits than any other competing antiplatelet medication and, additionally, that the drug was actually increasing the risk of heart attack and stroke among its test patients. On top of that, doctors from both the New England Journal of Medicine and the Harvard Medical School echoed the findings of the NINDS that the risks of combining Plavix with aspirin outweighs any of the potential benefits.
Recently, The U.S. Food and Drug Administration allowed numerous drug companies the right to sell their own generic version of the already popular drug. However, while this news may translate only to lower prices for consumers, the continued proliferation of the drug that carries these severe side effects only increases the risks that consumers are subject to these side effects.
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