People who are prone to developing blood clots can be at risk of suffering stroke, heart attack, or other severe, life-threatening cardiovascular conditions.
Popular blood-thinning medications aim to help treat that problem and prevent the risk of potentially fatal heart conditions. However, many of these drugs have been found to do their work so “well” that they increase the risk of severe bleeding and hemorrhaging because blood is not able to clot.
Plavix (clopidogrel bisulfate) is marketed to prevent blood clots in those who have suffered a recent heart attack or stroke, or for those who suffer disorders of the heart or blood vessels, such as peripheral arterial disease (PAD). However, the FDA has warned that taking Plavix can increase your risk of severe bleeding, even from a minor injury. In some cases, this bleeding could even be fatal.
Plavix has been shown to increase the risk of severe bleeding, even from a minor injury, and the drug’s label reflects this risk. Patients who take Plavix are advised to stop taking it within 5 days of expected surgery because of the risk of bleeding and hemorrhaging. There is also a potential risk of internal bleeding when taking Plavix.
Some symptoms of serious side effects from taking Plavix can include:
In addition to posing a potentially serious risk to health, Plavix may not always be effective at treating the conditions for which it is prescribed. The FDA issued a warning that the drug has reduced effectiveness when taken by “poor metabolizers” – which the agency estimates to be 2 percent to 14 percent of the U.S. population.
Taking Plavix while taking so-called “Proton Pump Inhibitors” – heartburn drugs like Prilosec, Nexium, Prevascid, and Protonix – has also been suggested to reduce the effectiveness of Plavix’s anti-clotting capabilities, leaving patients at risk for heart attacks and strokes.
Plavix was the second-best selling drug in the United States for several years, and it has experienced billions of dollars in sales each year. Millions of people may have been exposed to its potentially deadly side effects.
If you or a loved one experienced severe bleeding, hemorrhaging or any other serious health conditions that you believe may have been caused by taking Plavix, you may be entitled to compensation under the law. Call the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin at 1-866-844-4262, complete our contact form to the right or chat with one of our representatives for a free and confidential evaluation of your case. Find out if one of our North Carolina Plavix lawyers may be able to help you!