Pradaxa Side Effect Lawyers
The Pradaxa side effect lawyers at our personal injury law firm are currently investigating cases where Pradaxa led to internal bleeding, hemorrhaging, or other serious injuries. Approved by the FDA in October 2010, Pradaxa (dabigatran etexilate) is a blood thinner and is prescribed to patients with atrial fibrillation to prevent blood clots. Unfortunately, Pradaxa side effects can be severe and life-threatening.
If you or someone you love has experienced internal bleeding or hemorrhaging as a result of Pradaxa side effects, you may be entitled to collect significant compensation in a dangerous drug lawsuit.
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Pradaxa Internal Bleeding and Hemorrhaging Side Effects
Pradaxa is an anticoagulant (blood thinner) that is given to patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation, a condition where an irregular heartbeat increases the risk of blood clots forming in the body and possibly leading to a stroke.
Since Pradaxa entered the U.S. market in 2010, there have been numerous reports of adverse events of serious internal bleeding. These cases become life-threatening when the Pradaxa internal bleeding is not treated promptly.
Reports of Pradaxa Injuries and Deaths
Pradaxa became the subject of investigation in New Zealand in September 2011, after as many as five elderly patients died after experiencing internal bleeding. In addition to these patients, another 36 patients reportedly suffered serious internal bleeding. In the New Zealand media, some families claimed that when their family members switched from warfarin to Pradaxa, their conditions deteriorated to the point of hospital admission and they died of infections.
These reports in New Zealand came just weeks after Japanese regulators requested that the maker of Pradaxa notify healthcare providers about the potential for fatal bleeding in some patients. In a letter sent to Boehringer Ingleheim by the Japanese health ministry, it was stated that 81 elderly patients died suffered bleeding caused by Pradaxa between March 14 and August 11. Five of these patients died. As a result of these incidents, Japanese regulators suggested that patients over the age of 70 may require a lower dosage of this drug.
It should be noted that bleeding is also a side effect of other blood thinners, such as warfarin. However, warfarin bleeding can be treated with Vitamin K, while there is no antidote for bleeding from Pradaxa and other drugs known as thrombin inhibitors.
Internal Bleeding Risk Factors
Some patients are more susceptible to internal bleeding and hemorrhaging. If you have one of the following conditions, your risk of Pradaxa side effects may be higher:
- If you are 75 years old or older
- If you take medications such as aspirin, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS, or blood thinners, which may increase your risk of bleeding
- If you have kidney issues
- If you have recent and recurring stomach or intestinal bleeding or if you have a stomach ulcer.
Signs of Pradaxa Injury or Internal Bleeding
If you take Pradaxa and experience any of these symptoms of internal bleeding, you are advised to seek immediate medical care:
- Bleeding from the gums
- Coughing up blood
- Frequent nosebleeds
- Joint pain or swelling
- Pink or brown urine
- Red or black tarry stools
- Unusual bruising or bleeding
- Vomiting that resembles blood or looks like coffee grounds
- Weakness and swelling of the arms, hands, feet, ankles or lower legs
Contact a Pradaxa Side Effect Lawyer
Pradaxa internal bleeding and hemorrhaging can be serious and life-threatening. If you or someone you love has suffered injury or death as a result of Pradaxa internal bleeding, you may be able to recover compensation. Contact a personal injury lawyer today for a free legal consultation where you can learn more about your legal rights.
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