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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

The Dangers of Plavix

“Why didn’t my doctor tell me about Nattokinase?” Instead of telling you about Nattokinase (a natural and healthy blood clot dissolver derived from a Japanese food, natto) your doctor probably told you about Plavix. Plavix is one of the top-selling drugs in the world. It earns more than a billion dollars a year for Bristol-Myers. Your doctor regularly sees ads by this pharmaceutical giant and is visited by sales reps who tout the supposed benefits of Plavix. Plavix is also advertised on television. It is marketed directly to consumers in commercials that the FDA said were misleading because they misrepresented the drug and its serious side-effects. Patients come into your doctor’s office and ask for Plavix by name. Your doctor probably never heard of Nattokinase.
  • Do not take Plavix and aspirin together. Do not take Plavix with Nexilum, Prevacid or Prilosec.
  • Plavix has serious side effects, one of which is mental confusion. Another serious side effect is ulcers. Counterintuitive as it may sound, another serious side effect is stroke. As the law firm of Saiontz & Kirk points out, “[R]ecent studies indicate that Plavix provides no benefits over aspirin and actually increases the risk of heart attacks, strokes and gastrointestinal bleeding for some users.” They further point out that “Although Plavix costs nearly 100 times more per pill than Aspirin, it is no more effective at preventing heart attacks and stroke.”
  • There is a risk, however, of suddenly stopping Plavix.
  • Recent research indicates that 30 percent of people are not even able to metabolize Plavix because of a genetic variation. So, you may be taking a drug that has no beneficial impact on you.
  • Plavix works to prevent platelet aggregation. It does not dissolve clots.
  • Nattokinase, on the other hand, is derived from a natural Japanese food. It dissolves clots and enhances the body’s plasmin (our endogenous blood clot dissolving enzyme). Unlike Plavix, it has no harmful side effects.
RECOMMENDATION: In consultation with your physician, consider weaning yourself from Plavix and switching to nattokinase. References
  1. Dementia and Plavix.
  2. "Plavix: Winners and Losers." 1/16/2009. 30 % do not metabolize Plavix.
  3. Serious side effects:
  4. "Nattokinase and Cardiovascular Health." Ralph E. Holsworth, Jr., D.O. See also: See also:
  5. "Nattokinase: Powerful Enzyme Prevents Heart Attack and Stroke."
  6. Ron Kennedy, M.D. on Nattokinase.
  7. James Schaller, M.D. on Nattokinase.
  8. "What is Better Than an Aspirin a Day for Heart Disease Prevention?"
  9. "Take Heart! You Now Have an Effective and Safe Option for Supporting Your Own Cardiovascular System." Joseph Mercola, M.D.
  10. "Taking Plavix With Aspirin is a Deadly Combination." Joseph Mercola, M.D. 2/28/2006.
  11. "Anti-Stroke Drug Will Kill Your Stomach." Joseph Mercola, M.D. February 09 2005.
  12. "Plavix Problems: Heart Attacks, Strokes and Bleeding."
  13. "Stopping Plavix Doubles Risk of Heart Attack or Death for 90 Days, With or Without Stents." 2/5/2008.
  14. "Incidence of Death and Acute Myocardial Infarction Associated With Stopping Clopidogrel After Acute Coronary Syndrome." JAMA, Vol. 299, No. 5, pp. 532-539. February 6, 2008. P. Michael Ho, MD, PhD; Eric D. Peterson, MD, MPH; Li Wang, MS; David J. Magid, MD, MPH; Stephan D. Fihn, MD, MPH; Greg C. Larsen, MD; Robert A. Jesse, MD, PhD; John S. Rumsfeld, MD, PhD. Full text available online at:
  15. "Plavix Lawsuits." Saiontz & Kirk, P.A.
  16. "Clopidogrel does not induce fibrinolysis in healthy subjects." Taha H. Tahera, Linda Stangb, Philip A. Gordon, and Paul W. Armstrong. Thrombosis Research. Volume 114, Issue 2, 2004, Pages 97-100. doi:10.1016/j.thromres.2004.05.004.
  17. The Miller Firm, LLC on Plavix.
  18. "Plavix gets FDA fast track status." 1/18/2006.
  19. "Plavix Problems: Heart Attacks, Strokes and Bleeding." Law Firm of Saiontz & Kirk, P.A.
  20. Thick Blood.

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