Thursday, October 18, 2012

The Downplayed Dark Side of Drugs such as Plavix

Learn About alternatives to Plavix

 We got an email from a family member who just experienced By-Pass surgery. He had 3 blocked arteries. The operation went well but one of the several drugs he was prescribed is giving him great pain. Plavix is more likely the problem medication. What is Plavix for those of you who are unfamiliar with it.

Now there are many patients who do not experience many side effects while using Plavix. I feel drugs should be used as the last step, not the first step in prevention. Diet and life style changes should come first. Herbs should be tried first in preventive therapy.  When it is known that the arteries are becoming compromised, when there is time to undo the damage due to life style habits, if there is genetic links to heart disease or blood clots.....early in the game....turn on the preventive measures.

It is a too late, when in the middle of a heart attack or clot.  When your bleeding out internally, dying within minutes, it is too late. I think all patients who are smoking and eating to obesity should all watch a patient dying of a heart the patient in the emergency room as they try to save his or her life.  There needs to be a shock given to these patients before they destroy their arteries.

"What is Plavix

Plavix has active ingredients of clopidogrel bisulfate. It is used in stent, blood clots, heart attack, stroke, coronary heart disease. Common side effects of Plavix include heart attack, weakness, chest pain, breathing difficulty, nausea."

Note: it is given to patients to prevent a heart attack, yet it can cause a heart attack and some of the same symptoms associated with a heart attack.  Does that sound rational to prescribe a medicine to prevent a heart attack that can cause one?

Muscle pain associated with Plavix

It is a common side effect of Lipitor, Zocor, Crestor, Aspirin, Baycol. Muscle pain can be treated by Flexeril, Cyclobenzaprine Hydrochloride, Ibuprofen,""
I am quoting the family email  with the mistakes in spelling, but taking his name out,

"This drug is making ------- into glass. The nerve glands appears to be attacked w/ this drug. I've read the side effects, the pharmacist and I clearly pointed at Plavix. This can cause Muscloskele (spelling)symptoms, not permanent like those are meant for as disease. He stopped taking Plavix today n trying to flush this drug out w/ H20.  Tmw I'm looking for replacement drug while Buddy is bed-ridden for 5th day. He can't move his legs due to acute pain at #10. I can't even move the bed or else the "Green Hulk" speaks again, crazy..  Keep u posted further on --------- progress. This ill-effects is from post heart surgery prescriptions. His heart n surgery is great but not the medicines.    Love-Sent via BlackBerry from T-Mobile"

It is Plavix that is causing the pain? Good question since he is on several drugs after the operation. The problem is when taking multiple drugs, that the side effects can be potentated. There are no drug studies on the side effect problems from multiple drug interactions. Since your tolerance to these drugs is individualized, there is no way to tell who will experience side effects, to what extent, and how the combination of different drugs affects the individual.   But muscle pain is one of the chief common side effects on Plavix along with headaches, 

 Here is a graph on the muscle pain part of the side effects from Plavix:  His family member is over 70 years.

Age of people who have Muscle pain when taking Plavix * :

Muscle pain0.00%0.17%0.08%0.00%1.68%6.80%20.47%70.81%

Severity of Muscle pain when taking Plavix * :

leastmoderateseveremost severe
Muscle pain0.00%50.00%40.00%10.00%

How people recovered from Muscle pain * :

while on the drugafter off the drugnot yet
Muscle pain0.00%0.00%100.00%

Is Plavix worth the side effects? Will taking it really cut down on deaths? Not so according to several studies, "

"New research is raising doubts about the usefulness of Plavix in preventing a recurrent stroke.  According to a study published in The New England Journal of Medicine, the combination of Plavix and aspirin is no better at preventing second strokes in people who’ve suffered a previous lacunar stroke compared to aspirin alone.  The addition of Plavix to an aspirin regimen also upped the likelihood of serious gastrointestinal bleeding and death, according to the study."

" Another Plavix lawsuit has been filed on behalf of 64 Plavix patients who allege bleeding side effects. Plavix (clopidogrel) is a blood thinner prescribed for the prevention of blood clots and heart attacks, and has been linked to serious side effects, such as the heart attacks and strokes it is supposed to prevent, as well as gastrointestinal bleeding, bleeding ulcers, cerebral bleeding, thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP), and other problems."

'However, Plavix has also been linked to serious side effects, including gastrointestinal bleeding, cerebral hemorrhaging, heart attacks, strokes and death at an increasingly alarming rate. Another complications reported among people taking Plavix include TTP a condition which is marked by small clots through the entire circulatory system. In April 2005, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) updated the Plavix label to warn that rare reports of TTP had been associated with its use, sometimes after only a short exposure (less than two weeks).'

Folks there are herbal blood thinners. I take them daily because I have a genetic weakness for clots. I do not have a bad heart however. My heart is fine. My blood pressure is fine.

Research Hawthorne berries and cayenne...and its effects on the heart and arteries. I have never taken a prescription blood thinner.  I am 61 with my first blood clot occuring in my leg in 1983. I have had several since then, taken care of by herbs. You need to take the herbs before your arteries are so blocked you are in the emergency room.  You need to take steps to prevent that.  Read the Warnings on using herbal medicine for blood clots at the end of this blog. Do not stop reading this article until you read the warnings!

Oral Chelation is another option and a good one.  Look up oral chelation in the alternative medicine sites not the standard medicine sites.   

Fish Oil:   Visit Dr. Johnathan Wright's site where he talks about Fish oil to thin the blood here

 "Heart rhythm disturbances, reduce the risk of sudden death

An editorial in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association suggests that increasing dietary omega-3 fatty acids, and decreasing omega-6 fatty acids, found in plant seed oils such as corn, safflower, and sunflower, is a way to reduce the risk of sudden death from irregular heart rhythms or heart attacks. 

"One cause of sudden death is ventricular fibrillation, in which the heart contracts in a fast and chaotic rhythm that makes it unable to pump blood to the rest of the body. A number of factors including cigarette use, fasting, diabetes, hyperthyroidism or heart attack can trigger the release of fatty acids from adipose tissue. Fats that we eat are stored in adipose (fat) tissue. When these fats are released from their storage sites, they become free fatty acids. But not all fatty acids are equal in their propensity to cause arrhythmias. High levels of omega-6 fatty acids may encourage arrhythmias if their levels aren’t balanced by omega-3 fatty acids.
Fish oil could potentially save more lives than cardiac defibrillators. 

A study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, October 2006, tried to estimate the potential public health impact of raising adults' omega-3 levels with fish oil supplements. Using a computer-simulated community of 100,000 Americans and data from past medical studies, the researchers calculated that raising omega-3 levels would save 58 lives each year. This amounts to a 6 percent total death reduction -- mostly by preventing sudden cardiac death in apparently people, according to the study authors, led by Dr. Thomas E. Kottke of the Heart Center at Regions Hospital in St. Paul, Minnesota. 

Even if automated external defibrillators (AEDs) were available in every home and public area, the devices would lower a community's annual death rate by less than 1 percent. If fish oil is as effective against fatal heart arrhythmias as evidence suggests, it would have more widespread benefits than either AEDs or implanted defibrillators."


Magnesium plays an important role in preventing blood clots and keeping the blood thin by directly influencing platelet aggregation. Magnesium works in similar fashion to aspirin but without the negative side effects or drug interactions, as cited in "The New Encyclopedia of Vitamins, Minerals, Supplements, and Herbs," by Nicola Reavley. Magnesium also promotes relaxation of blood vessels, which can increase blood oxygenation by improving cardiac contractibility.


Over many decades, Garlic (Allium sativum) is believed to have several cardiovascular benefits, such as blood pressure lowering, cholesterol lowering, and anti-stroke activity. Additionally, garlic oil can also reduce blood coagulation. 
A researcher had indicated that when essential garlic oil was mixed with blood samples from healthy individuals, cells were less likely to clump together (coagulate) in a laboratory setting. Although there had been no documented reports of any serious interaction effects when taking both Coumadin and garlic, studies had implied that a serious reaction might be possible. 


According to Cayenne Pepper Guide, cayenne is used from everything from low blood pressure to reducing HDL from the body. Cayenne has capsicum in it that thins the blood and improves circulation. Taken internally on food or in capsules, cayenne purges toxins from the system and reduces inflammation.

Coenzyme Q10

"Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is a compound made naturally in the human body, plant and animals. This compound is involved in electron transport and may be a free-radical scavenger, an antioxidant and a potent membrane stabilizer. CoQ10 is highly reputed for treating heart disease patients. It can also help to stabilize high blood pressure and angina."  Dr. Lam's site

How to proceed to use alternative medicine instead of drugs......... Important to Read

If you have heart problems or have had bypass surgery, do not undertake alternative medicine without seeing a holistic doctor first. You need a holistic doctor to follow your health and surgery.  You must have supervision to know if you are taking enough of the herb and the right herbal combination.  This is extremely important to follow.  I am talking about a HOLISTIC DOCTOR!   If you go to my website, you will find a directory with links to do just that.....find a holistic doctor.

Find Links to Holistic doctors here on my site. 

DO NOT take herbal blood thinners and prescription blood thinners together. The herbs will potentiate the effects.........


Do not go off your prescription medicines without the supervision of a holistic doctor. The side effects of going off drugs, cold turkey, without a doctor's supervision could be fatal.  This is one area where going it on your own is dangerous and could be fatal unless you have expertise in that field.  

I hope this blog encourages you to investigate alternatives to Plavix and why you need to prevent a visit to the emergency room for clogged arteries.  That is the key.....PREVENTION.   

Do the work on exercise, your diet, your stress level to prevent a bypass and heart attack.  It is prevention or the alternative is death, drugs, and a lower quality of life for the rest of your life. 

God Bless you all....Kate Freer, the Herbladyisin, ....medical researcher

Review herbs here that support healthy blood pressure and heart function,


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