Pradaxa Side Effects Attorney
A Pradaxa side effects lawyer from our firm can help victims recover compensation in a dangerous drug lawsuit. Pradaxa (dabigatran etexilate) is a type of blood thinner designed to prevent blood clots.
Approved by the FDA in 2010, Pradaxa is manufactured by Boehringer Ingelheim and is used in patients diagnosed with non-valvular atrial fibrillation to prevent blood clots and stroke. Unfortunately, this drug has been found to cause a number of serious and potentially life-threatening complications.
If you or someone you love has been affected by Pradaxa side effects, you may be entitled to pursue significant compensation in a pharmaceutical product liability lawsuit. A lawyer from our firm can evaluate your claim for free in a personal legal consultation.
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Pradaxa belongs to a class of drugs known as direct thrombin inhibitors, and is used to prevent stroke and blood clots in patients diagnosed with atrial fibrillation, a heart condition characterized by upper chambers of the heart (atria) that fail to fully contract. This can lead to stagnant blood and the formation of potentially fatal clots.
Before Pradaxa, patients with atrial fibrillation were treated with Coumadin (warfarin), low molecular weight heparin, or aspirin. Most physicians prefer warfarin to prevent strokes, but warfarin has been known to require frequent testing in order to get the dosing right. It is not uncommon for patients who take warfarin to be over- or under- anticoagulated.
Pradaxa is used in a single fixed dose with most patients and is much more rapidly effective than warfarin, and at first it seemed to be an ideal drug to prevent strokes in patients with atrial fibrillation.
Pradaxa Side Effects
Despite initial enthusiasm by the medical community, Pradaxa has recently been found to have a number of negative side effects. Studies show that Pradaxa patients have a 33% higher risk of heart attack or heart disease symptoms in comparison to warfarin patients.
Other potential Pradaxa injuries include:
- Brain hemorrhage
- Gastrointestinal problems
- Internal bleeding
- Joint pain
- Joint swelling
- Kidney bleeding
Worldwide, there have been 260 reports of Pradaxa-related deaths since its release in 2010. Symptoms of Pradaxa internal bleeding may include:
- Bleeding that lasts a long time
- Coughing up blood
- Joint pain
- Red or black stools
- Uncontrollable, severe bleeding
- Urine that is pink or brown
- Vomit that looks like coffee grounds
- Vomiting blood
Pradaxa has not yet been issued an FDA recall, but the FDA did recently issue a Drug Safety Communication and the agency also launched a post-market investigation into reports of serious bleeding events. In its review, the FDA states that the "FDA 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".
Contact a Pradaxa Side Effects Lawyer
Right now, our dangerous drug attorneys are reviewing claims submitted by people who have suffered serious injury or the death of a loved one as a result of Pradaxa side effects. A lawyer at our firm can help victims recover compensation for damages such as past and future medical bills, pain and suffering, and end of life costs. If you or someone you love has suffered as a result of Pradaxa side effects, contact our firm to schedule a free legal consultation where you will learn more about your rights.
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