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Combination Of Plavix And Aspirin Ineffective As Stroke Treatment

by nil | February 7th, 2012

February 7, 2012

New research indicates that combining clopidogrel (Plavix) with an Aspirin regimen may not help prevent recurrent stroke. According to an article on the topic released by MedPage Today, the combination of medications actually increases the chances of hemorrhages and death.

The trial was the first large-scale examination on the effects the combination could have and recruited more than 3,000 participants from 81 testing locations spanning over eight countries.

Researchers conducting the study found that patients receiving the combination of drugs had double the risk of major bleeding than those that were taking Placebo and Aspirin. Very comparable conclusions were drawn in reference to the risk of death patients taking the combination of drugs faced versus those just taking Aspirin. Patients on the combination had a rate of death at 2.1 percent versus a 1.4 percent risk for those taking just one drug or the other.

Despite the conclusions, researchers plan to conduct a second part of the study that will examine the effects of the combination treatment on high blood pressure.

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