Review: could Plavix cause Weight gain?
(By eHealthMe on Mar, 4, 2014)
Severity ratings: 2.5/4
On a scale of 1 to 4: 1=least, 2=moderate, 3=severe, 4=most severe
We study 64,295 people who take Plavix. Among them, 1,016 have Weight gain. See who they are, when they have Weight gain and more. This review is based on reports from FDA and social media, and is updated regularly.
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Plavix (latest outcomes from 69,319 users) has active ingredients of clopidogrel bisulfate. It is often used in stent, blood clots. Commonly reported side effects of Plavix include heart attack, weakness, breathing difficulty, chest pain, dyspnoea exacerbated.
Weight gain (latest reports from 511,190 patients) has been reported by people with depression, high blood pressure, bipolar disorder, pain, acupuncture and pain.
On Feb, 21, 2014: 64,234 people reported to have side effects when taking Plavix. Among them, 989 people (1.54%) have Weight Gain.
Time on Plavix when people have Weight gain * :
|< 1 month||1 - 6 months||6 - 12 months||1 - 2 years||2 - 5 years||5 - 10 years||10+ years |
|Weight gain||14.63%||14.63%||12.20%||12.20%||31.71%||12.20%||2.44% |
Age of people who have Weight gain when taking Plavix * :
|Weight gain||0.00%||0.00%||0.00%||0.00%||1.48%||8.17%||28.38%||61.98% |
Severity of Weight gain when taking Plavix ** :
|least||moderate||severe||most severe |
|Weight gain||7.14%||35.71%||57.14%||0.00% |
How people recovered from Weight gain ** :
|while on the drug||after off the drug||not yet |
|Weight gain||0.00%||0.00%||100.00% |
Top conditions involved for these people * :
- Hypertension (81 people, 8.19%)
- Diabetes mellitus (68 people, 6.88%)
- Blood cholesterol increased (63 people, 6.37%)
- Depression (62 people, 6.27%)
- Pain (55 people, 5.56%)
Top co-used drugs for these people * :
- Aspirin (394 people, 39.84%)
- Lipitor (264 people, 26.69%)
- Lasix (218 people, 22.04%)
- Lisinopril (148 people, 14.96%)
- Zocor (130 people, 13.14%)
* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.
** Reports from social media are used.
Comments for this study:
Sarah (3 years ago):
I have been on Plavix since March 2011. I was put on Plavix before my operation for a cerebral aneurysm stint. I had to take Plavix for approximately 10 days prior to surgery and take it for 90 days following surgery. I immediately gained 5-10 lbs just before surgery and gained a total of 23lbs just after surgery. I proceeded to lose a few pounds since but have only lost 9 lobs of the 23 I gained. I work out daily clocking 5-10 kms on the treadmill as well as weight training with low weights, high reps. I also play Ice Hockey and Ball Hockey. I have stayed the same and cannot lose while on Plavix. I'm on no other medications other than Plavix so I know that my weight gain can be attributed to this. I also use keytosis strips to measure whether or not I'm burning calories every morning and every night...I'm not. I will be finished my Plavix in two weeks and will report back to this forum if the weight starts to come off.
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Margriet on Feb, 27, 2012:
I have been taking Clopidogrel 75mg since August 2011 from having a stroke. These are my findings,
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