Plavix and Heartburn Meds Dangerous Combination

by Jodee on May 7, 2009

If you are taking Plavix, an anti-clotting medication, you need to know that drugs prescribed to treat heartburn, known as proton-pump inhibitors, may be dangerous to your health. These medications, which include Nexium and Prilosec, can actually increase your risk of heart attack and stroke.

This presents a problem for patients, since their doctor may prescribe a proton-pump inhibitor to lower the risk of gastrointestinal bleeding that is a side effect of taking Plavix. This combination of medications appears to stop patients from reaping the benefits of taking Plavix in the first place, which is to lower the risk of heart attack and stroke.

Several lawsuits have been started alleging that Bristol-Myers and Sanofi Aventis, who manufacture Plavix, failed to warn the public about side effects that may increase the risk of heart attack, stroke, ulcers, and thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpora, a blood disorder.

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