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Pradaxa is intended to help people diagnosed with atrial fibrillation reduce the risk of blood clots and, by extension, strokes, deep vein thrombosis, and pulmonary embolism. Unfortunately, in order to do this, it thins the blood and greatly increases the risk of internal bleeding. Pradaxa was associated with more deaths and injuries than any other drugs reviewed by the Institute of Safe Medication Practices in 2011.
If you have been injured by Pradaxa, or have lost a loved one to internal bleeding due to taking this dangerous drug, contact Johnston Law Group. Our nationwide Pradaxa attorneys are here to help you fight for the compensation you deserve. Your initial consultation is free, so don't wait to call.
Pradaxa Causes Increased Risk of Internal Bleeding
Pradaxa is an anticoagulant drug and blood thinner. It lowers the chance of stroke by helping prevent blood clots from forming, and is also used in the treatment of deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism. Also known as a new oral anticoagulant, Pradaxa was FDA-approved in 2010.
Pradaxa was approved to be distributed in a dose of 150 mg twice a day. However, this means a lower, more personalized dose is unavailable. The result is a lack of routine monitoring to see if patients are getting too much of the drug’s active ingredient, as patients on other blood thinning medications are often monitored.
According to a RE-LY Clinical Trial, Pradaxa manufacturers claimed the drug was safe to use, as compared to Warfarin, and that it even has lower overall bleeds. However, the RE-LY Clinical Trial showed a higher incidence of major bleeding on Pradaxa for patients 75 years of age.
Despite this, the label did not disclose all information in the warnings section. As a result, people who were prescribed Pradaxa, even briefly, were at increased risk for developing life-threatening bleeds. Due to the flawed formulation of Pradaxa, its levels in the blood are nearly impossible to assess, and bleeds could not be stopped since there was no known reversal agent for this drug.
Serious side effects include, but are not limited to:
- Heart attacks
- Intracranial bleeding
- Gastrointestinal bleeding
- Blood clots
Other Serious Side Effects of Pradaxa
In addition to causing profuse bleeding, Pradaxa also poses a risk to people have an allergic reaction to the drug. Some symptoms of a reaction include hives, difficulty breathing, and swelling in the face. Seek medical attention immediately if you experience any of these after taking Pradaxa.
Pradaxa can also result in:
- Headaches and dizziness
- Wounds that won't stop bleeding
- Bruises that increase in size
- Stomach pain
- Spinal blood clots
- Bleeding gums
- Vomiting or coughing blood
- Brown or pink urine
- Red or black stools
Despite the known dangers, Pradaxa and other blood thinners remain in distribution and are taken by numerous unsuspecting patients with atrial fibrillation. These people should have been warned of the dangers, and even if they were, they should receive assistance for their pain and suffering. If you have suffered harm as a result of taking this dangerous drug, call our Pradaxa lawyers for help.
Johnston Law Group is Ready to Help
After listening to the details of your case, our dangerous drug attorneys can tell you about your options for legal recourse. Johnston Law Group's founding attorney formerly worked as General Counsel to large healthcare companies, and can anticipate how they will defend themselves from these lawsuits.
Our team of defective drug litigation lawyers are experienced and vigilant in our pursuit of justice, particularly for our clients who have suffered as a result of Pradaxa use. Our lawyers now handle individual litigation nationwide, and are currently accepting new cases in all 50 states.