Pradaxa is a relatively new blood thinner that has been found to cause serious and potentially fatal complications such as internal bleeding. At our pharmaceutical product liability law firm, we have been in contact with a number of victims of Pradaxa injuries. If you have suffered after taking Pradaxa, we know that you have many questions, and we want you to know that you may be entitled to compensation for your damages. It is our hope that this page of frequently asked questions will give you some of the information you need to make an educated decision about the next step you wish to take.
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What is Pradaxa?
Pradaxa (dabigatran etexilate) was approved by the FDA in 2010 and is an oral anticoagulant (blood thinner) used to prevent stroke and blood clots in patients with atrial fibrillation. Atrial fibrillation is a heart condition characterized by upper chambers (atria) of the heart that do not fully contract and can cause stagnant blood and the formation of dangerous blood clots.
What are some Pradaxa side effects?
Unfortunately, Pradaxa has been reported to cause a number of severe and potentially fatal side effects, including internal bleeding. Other Pradaxa side effects may include:
- Joint pain
- Gastrointestinal problems
- Brain hemorrhage
- Kidney bleeding
How do I know if I have internal bleeding?
If you take Pradaxa and are experiencing any of the following symptoms, you should consult your doctor immediately because you may be at risk for internal bleeding:
- Severe and uncontrolled bleeding
- Black or red stools
- Brown or pink urine
- Coughing up blood
- Prolonged bleeding
- Vomit that looks like coffee grounds
- Vomiting blood
Are there alternatives to Pradaxa?
Before Pradaxa was released, most patients with atrial fibrillation were given Coumadin (warfarin), heparin, or aspirin. However, each of these treatments carries its own risks and downsides. Warfarin, the most popular anticoagulant before Pradaxa, requires several days to take effect and the patient needs frequent testing to ensure that the proper dose is given. Warfarin also interacts poorly with a number of foods and medications. On the other hand, recent studies have shown that Pradaxa patients are at a 33% higher risk for heart attacks and heart disease symptoms than patients who use warfarin. This has led to an FDA investigation into dangerous Pradaxa side effects.
Has there been a Recall?
To date, there has not yet been a Pradaxa recall issued by the FDA. Still, in a recently released Drug Safety Communication regarding Pradaxa, the FDA stated that the agency “is working to determine whether the reports of bleeding in patients taking Pradaxa are occurring more commonly than would be expected, based on observations in the large clinical trial that supported the approval of Pradaxa".
If I file a lawsuit, what kind of compensation can I expect?
If you have suffered internal bleeding or another Pradaxa injury, you may wish to investigate filing a dangerous drug lawsuit for compensation. In Pradaxa lawsuits, victims may be able to recover compensation for a number of damages, including but not limited to, pain and suffering, lost wages, loss of health, medication costs, hospital costs, and the cost of travel for medical care.
Contact a Pradaxa Lawyer
If you or someone you love has been injured or killed as a result of dangerous Pradaxa side effects, a lawyer at our firm may be able to help you pursue substantial compensation for your damages. Act now, before a statute of limitations infringes upon your right to the compensation you deserve. Contact us to schedule a free consultation with an experienced lawyer where you can learn more about your rights.
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