Gastrointestinal Bleeding, Ulcers, Heart Attack, Stroke
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 could be more dangerous for some users.
The lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. are reviewing and investigating potential Plavix side effect lawsuits throughout the United States for users who have been injured by the manufacturer’s failure to warn about the true extent of the risk of health problems. To review a potential case for yourself, a friend or family member, request a free consultation.
INFORMATION ABOUT SIDE EFFECTS OF PLAVIX
The lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk are investigating potential lawsuits for side effects of Plavix under a contingency fee agreement, which means that there are no attorney fees or expenses unless a recovery is obtained.
Plavix (generic: clopidogrel bisulfate) is a blood thinner which prevents the formation of blood platelets that could result in clotting. It is prescribed for heart attack prevention, stroke reduction and as an anticlotting agent.
The manufacturers promoted Plavix as a safer alternative to aspirin which reduces the risk of gastrointestinal problems. However, recent studies indicate that Plavix provides no benefits over aspirin and actually increases the risk of heart attacks, strokes and gastrointestinal bleeding for some users.
▸ INFORMATION: Plavix Studies
Some experts question whether individuals with gastrointestinal complications, high blood pressure or high chloresterol ever would have been given Plavix if proper warnings had been provided.
Some people who required blood clot prevention may have been advised to use low doses of aspirin combined with drugs that treat stomach ulcers (such as Aciphex, Nexium, Prevacid, Prilosec or Protonix), if doctors had been aware about the true risk of Plavix side effects.
Those who have already been prescribed Plavix, a doctor should be consulted before the medication is stopped, or it could result in serious harm or death.
▸ Plavix Gastrointestinal Bleeding and Ulcers
For individuals with healed ulcers, or those who are prone to gastrointestinal problems, the risk of bleeding ulcers is 12 times higher with Plavix compared to aspirin and a heart burn pill. Plavix was previously promoted and sold as a safer alternative to aspirin for individuals with Peptic Ulcer Disease or a history of gastrointestinal bleeding. However, a February 2005 study in the New England Journal of Medicine indicated that Plavix actually impairs the healing of ulcers and increases the risk of recurrent bleeding.
Plavix has also been shown to increase the risk of internal bleeding or gastrointestinal hemorrhaging for users. The manufacturers failed to adequately warn of this potential complication which could be potentially fatal. The signs and symptoms of internal bleeding including vomiting blood, black stools, passing blood, increased pulse rate, low blood pressure, confusion, disorientation or sleepiness. Treatment of GI bleeds may involve hospitalization, often in the intensive care unit. If a substantial amount of blood is lost, a blood transfusion may be necessary.
▸ Plavix Heart Attacks and Strokes
In a desire to increase 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.
For 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, following angioplasty and after use of drug-coated stents to reduce the risk of clotting. A study issued in March 2006 found that Plavix offered no significant benefit over aspirin, and actually increases the risk of heart attacks, strokes and bleeding for these users.
Failure of the manufacturers to warn users of the Plavix side effects has resulted in thousands of unnecessary injuries. Lawsuits are being investigated nationwide to seek compensation. If you a friend or family member have suffered a heart attack, stroke, gastrointestinal bleeding, ulcers, TTP or death after using Plavix, request a free consultation and claim evaluation.
▸ INFORMATION: Plavix Lawsuits
The Plavix lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. help determine if you may be entitled to compensation and protect your interests. There are no fees or expenses unless a recovery is obtained.