Vioxx Side Effects

Patients who have used Vioxx for varying lengths of time have experienced potentially deadly side effects. In September 2004, Merck issued a voluntary Vioxx recall. At the time of its removal from the market, Vioxx was used by more than 2 million people in the United States alone.

The side effects of Vioxx include:
• Blood clots           • Heart attacks
• Strokes                • Congestive heart failure

Patients who have taken Vioxx for any amount of time are at an increased risk of developing a thrombus (or blood clot). Blood clots found in Vioxx patients can lead to potentially life-threatening strokes.

Vioxx is a COX-2 inhibitor. Unlike the COX-1 and COX-2 inhibitors like aspirin and Aleve, Vioxx presents the risk of blood clots because it suppresses the enzyme prostaglandin, which prevents blood clots.

Vioxx heart attacks
Blocking COX-1 enzymes can lead to upset stomachs, but it has been proven to lower the risk of blood clots and heart problems. Blocking COX-2 enzymes increases the risk of blood clots because it blocks the anti-blood clotting enzymes in the body, but the upside is that it causes fewer upset stomachs.

Taking COX-2 inhibitors like Vioxx in order to suffer fewer stomach complications places patients at higher risk for blood clots that can cause serious health problems.

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