Levin & Perconti wanted to highlight a recent piece of drug liability news that may affect you or someone you know. This week, the FDA warned that popular drugs like Prilosec and Nexium can weaken the effect of Plavix. The drug interactions are concerning to the many Americans who take the drugs. The drugs may no longer be as effective to people if they also consume omeprazole. Millions of Americans take Plavix to reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes. However, the drug can cause side effects like an upset stomach, so many people take drugs like Prilosec and Nexium. According to a notice on the Food and Drug Administration’s website, the anti-clotting benefits of Plavix are cut almost in half when taken with over-the-counter or prescription Prilosec.
The FDA ordered Sanofi and Bristol-Myers, two pharmaceutical companies, to update the prescribing information for Plavix. Also, the FDA has ordered the pharmaceutical companies to study the potential for other drug interactions. In January, Plavix prescribing information was updated to discourage use with Prilosec, but recent updates also include nine other similar drugs. If you do need to reduce your acid and take Plavix, you may want to consider taking drugs from the H-2 blocker family.
Click here to read more about the recent FDA warning.