If you’ve been prescribed Pradaxa following a blood clot, you probably thought of it as a lifesaver. Doctors generally prescribe the potent blood thinner in order to prevent the potentially deadly heart attacks or devastating strokes that can follow deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolism. Both of these outcomes are frightening prospects, but so is the hidden danger of uncontrollable bleeding that can come from taking Pradaxa.
Pradaxa Linked to Uncontrollable Bleeding
Blood thinners have long been used to prevent strokes, to treat deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism, for the prevention of recurrent DVT and PE and to prevent venous thromboembolism following hip or knee replacement. When Pradaxa was introduced, it was offered as an improvement over traditional anticoagulants which interfered with vitamin K, required regular blood tests and dietary restrictions.
The drug was said to work just as well without all the downsides, and with the possibility of better heading off strokes. But within two years after Pradaxa was approved by the Food and Drug Administration, patients who were on the drug were being rushed to emergency rooms with uncontrollable bleeding for which there was no remedy. Where traditional blood thinners had antidotes that could thicken the blood if a patient suffered an injury or internal bleeding, Pradaxa had none. Hundreds, and eventually thousands, died. Many more were injured.
Side Effects and Risks of Pradaxa
When you take a traditional anticoagulant like Warfarin and you need surgery or dental work, or emergency medical care, physicians are able to administer a simple injection that reverses the drug’s effects and restores your blood to its normal viscosity. But there is no antidote to for this drug, and this puts you at risk for death from all types of bleeding events. Other dangerous side effects and risks include:
- Unusual bruising
- Higher risk of heart attack
- Irreversible bleeding following falls or minor injuries
- Gastrointestinal bleeding
If you are elderly or have kidney problems and you’ve taken Pradaxa, you may be at greater risk for bleeding because the drug is excreted through the kidneys. When that process is not efficient as a result of your condition, it can result in higher concentrations of the drug.
If you’ve taken Pradaxa and have suffered one of these serious side effects, or if somebody you love has died as a result of taking Pradaxa, then call the attorneys at Danziger & De Llano today to learn about your right to file a Pradaxa lawsuit.
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