Plavix is an oral anti-clotting medication prescribed to patients to prevent blood clots that can lead to heart attacks and strokes. Plavix is usually recommended to patients who have experienced a clot-related event or for patients who have been diagnosed with Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD).
Plavix Side Effects
Plavix first gained popularity because it was believed to be a safer alternative to aspirin or competitor Warfarin, which were both used to ward off stroke or heart attack; however research has shown that the risk of Plavix side effects may be greater than the potential benefits.
Some of the most serious and life-threatening Plavix side effects include (but are not limited to):
- Internal bleeding
- Heart attacks
- Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic Purpora (TTP)
- Gastrointestinal bleeding
- Bone marrow damage
- Cerebral bleeding or hemorrhage
Additionally, mixing Plavix with other medications has been shown to cause adverse side effects. In November 2009, the FDA warned that patients who take Plavix should avoid using Prilosec and Prilosec OTC. The FDA was concerned that when these drugs were taken together, Plavix’s effectiveness was reduced by approximately half, therefore exposing patients to Plavix risks unnecessarily. Patients are also advised to stay away from Nexium, Diflucan, Prozac, Nizoral, Tagamet and Tagamet HB while taking Plavix