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Plavix Side Effects and Lawsuits

Have you or a loved one been a victim of a Plavix injury? If this is true, the best thing you can do may be to contact a personal injury attorney.

What is Plavix?

Plavix (clopidogrel disulfate) is a drug that keeps platelets from clumping together and making blood clots. Plavix is a prescription medication that is intended to help blood flow more easily and reduce the chances that a person has of having a future heart attack or stroke. Plavix is also used to treat people who have had a recent stroke or a recent heart attack, or who have partial or total blockage of an artery (peripheral artery disease).

Plavix is an oral, thienopyridine class antiplatelet agent. Medications that are antiplatelet agents cut down the build up of platelets. By doing so, they work to stop the formation of blood clots. Another feature of antiplatelets is that they are effective in helping the circulation of a person’s arteries. Anticoagulants are not good at doing this.

Plavix was discovered by Sanofi and has been co-developed by Sanofi and Bristol-Myers Squibb since 1993. Plavix was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on November 17, 1997. In 2012, the FDA approved generic versions of Plavix as Sanofi lost its patent protection.

Plavix comes boxed with a warning that alerts both the person taking the drug and health care professionals that the medication may not work well for people who have certain genetic factors that affect how their body metabolizes the drug. In addition, people who are taking certain medications like the proton pump inhibitors, Prilosec (omeprazole) and Nexium (esomeprazole), reduce the effectiveness of Plavix. This leaves a person at greater risk of having a heart attack or a stroke.

Side Effects from taking Plavix

Plavix can cause an allergic reaction. Signs of an allergic reaction include swelling of your tongue, lips, throat or face, problems breathing or hives. A common side effect of Plavix is itching. Plavix may also cause some serious side effects. Some of these are:

  • Coughing up vomit or blood that appears like coffee grounds
  • Sudden confusion, headache, difficulties with speech, balance or vision
  • Unusual bleeding (rectum, mouth, vagina, nose), red or purple pinpoint spots under your skin, easy bruising
  • Nosebleed or bleeding that does not stop
  • Weakness, fever, jaundice (yellowing of your skin or eyes) or pale skin
  • Blood in your urine, tarry or bloody stools
  • Sudden weakness or numbness, especially on one side of your body
  • Heavy feeling or chest pain, pain that radiates to your shoulder or arm, sweating, nausea, malaise (general ill feeling).

Possible Injuries from taking Plavix

People taking Plavix have experienced some severe injuries. These include:

  • Gastrointestinal bleeding
  • Stroke
  • Heart attack
  • Cerebral bleeding
  • Hemorrhages
  • Ulcers
  • Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (TTP), a blood coagulation disorder in which small blood clots develop in your blood stream, which may damage internal organs.

If you or a loved one has been injured from taking Plavix, you may be entitled to receive compensation for your injury. The wise thing to do is to contact a personal injury attorney and let him or her evaluate your case.