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A new medical study jointly proffered by Medco Health Solutions, Inc. and Indiana University School of Medicine show that cardiac patients who take the anti-clotting drug Plavix in combination with the most popular heartburn drugs such as Nexium, Prevacid, Protonix, and Prilosec OTC are 50% more likely to experience a heart attack. The study points out that certain heartburn medications interfere with the anti-clotting drug Plavix’s effectiveness. A Nexium spokesperson noted that such a conclusion may be premature since there is conflicting data concerning the heightened risk of heart attack.

This latest news raises troubling questions about drug interactions. Plavix, a drug that’s been on the market for a decade, is the most widely used anti-clotting drug. Yet, doctors are now just learning about the potential dangerous drug interaction.

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