Friday, February 27, 2009

PPI Drugs and Plavix Dangerous Drug Cocktails

People who take Plavix for clot prevention and heartburn meds like Prilosec and Prevacid (proton pump inhibitors) are at greater risk for a second heart attack.

Oh, boy! Do the TV commercials mention that?

Prilosec and Prevacid are among the best selling prescribed drugs and Plavix is the second highest selling drug in the world.

A study was done in Canada and people taking both drugs had a 40 percent reoccurrence of a second heart attack. A second study confirmed the link that 39 percent of people who took Plavix after a stent implant suffered serious heart related events compared to 26 percent who only took Plavix.

The heart burn meds affect the liver which makes Plavix less useful which in turn affects the heart.

It seems if you are taking Plavix, you should continue to take it. The question is whether you should take a proton pump inhibitor (heart burn medicine too).

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Osteoporosis Fractures At Risk for Death

According to a study recently released by the Journal of the American Medical Association, low trauma fractures are associated with increased mortality risk for 5 to 10 years after the fracture.

A similar study was done in Australia with similar results. Mortality risk was increased for nearly all types of fractures, including hip fractures and vertebral fractures, but excluding minor fractures, which only increased mortality in adults over the age of 75.

Preventing osteoporosis or at least slowing it down is of prime importance for the elderly population.