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12/24/04 - East Texas

Concerned Patients Should Call Doctors, Not Attorneys

by Ramonica R. Jones

You may have heard that the pain medications Vioxx, Celebrex, Aleve and Bextra could be linked to heart problems and stroke, but you probably haven't heard what causes these problems in the first place.

"Celebrex and Vioxx are 'Cox-2 inhibitors'," attorney Mike Love says. "The studies that are out there now are showing that these 'Cox-2 inhibitors' will cause the blood platelets or the blood cells to get sticky and to clot better; that can cause heart attack and stroke."

Attorneys advise, don't call them unless you've actually had health problems while taking these prescriptions. If you took the medicine for a couple weeks and haven't had any complications, you're probably fine. But, if you do need a lawyer, filing suit won't be an easy process.

"It's a very long, difficult process to try and one, first, satisfy yourself and your family and your own doctor as to whether or not that's the cause," Love says. "And then to go and prove it and to recover money for it in a lawsuit is a whole new ballgame."

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