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Proton pump inhibitors and Plavix don't mix

May 7, 2009 |  9:51 am

Plavix Common drugs used to treat ulcers and heartburn appear to pose a problem for people taking the blood thinner Plavix.

The drugs Nexium, Prevacid, Prilosec and Protonix, known as proton pump inhibitors, are enormously popular. But, researchers have found, they can be dangerous in heart patients taking the aforementioned anti-clotting medication.

They apparently interfere with Plavix's effectiveness, boosting the risk of heart and stroke by 50% in patients taking both drugs.

The results were presented this week at a meeting of the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions.

Here's a fuller story from the Wall Street Journal.

-- Tami Dennis

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