PRADAXA SIDE EFFECTS
According to recent reports, taking Pradaxa may lead to serious side effects such as internal bleeding. If you have suffered from internal bleeding while taking Pradaxa, you may be able to eligible to receive significant financial compensation. Our lawyers have been at the forefront of the Pradaxa lawsuits, and can help you get the compensation that you deserve.
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If you or a loved one suffered from internal bleeding while taking Pradaxa, you may be entitled to collect significant financial compensation.
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In 2011, Boehringer Ingelheim acknowledged a link between Pradaxa and 260 deaths caused by internal bleeding. The German pharmaceutical company, along with European health regulators, now recommend kidney monitoring for all patients taking Pradaxa.
The new drug is an anticoagulant medication that helps prevent stroke and blood clots. Physicians prescribe it for patients with atrial fibrillation not associated with a heart valve condition. Like all blood-thinning medications, Pradaxa may cause internal bleeding in some patients.
Pradaxa was created to replace warfarin, another anticoagulant drug. Warfarin is better known by the trade name Coumadin, and it causes negative side effects in some patients. Warfarin may interact with vitamin K and often necessitates frequent blood testing.
Boehringer Ingelheim maintains that Pradaxa is safer than warfarin for patients with atrial fibrillation. The company says the risk for fatal bleeding is 40 percent higher for people who take warfarin. They base this claim on a clinical study that led to the approval of Pradaxa.
Pradaxa was known to pose a risk of excessive bleeding even before the drug’s approval. The pharmaceutical company called the first 50 reported deaths “a reasonable order of magnitude.” Health regulators allegedly approved the drug because the benefits outweigh the risks. Physicians prescribe Pradaxa to help prevent fatal blood clots and strokes.
Nevertheless, health regulators urge Pradaxa users to have their kidneys checked before taking the drug. Even those with mild or moderate kidney impairment can benefit from a kidney examination, although patients compromised kidneys are most at risk.
According to Boehringer Ingelheim, the risk of internal bleeding is highest for elderly patients and those with certain health complications. People with kidney problems, stomach or intestinal bleeding, or stomach ulcers are more likely to experience internal bleeding with Pradaxa. Those who take aspirin, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), kidney medications and other blood thinners also have an increased bleeding risk.
Along with its positive effects, Pradaxa can cause many negative side effects. Internal bleeding is the most serious effect, as uncontrolled bleeding can be fatal. Other Pradaxa side effects include belching, heartburn, sour stomach, black stool, bloody urine, nausea, vomiting, constipation and diarrhea.
Coughing, fainting, dizziness, swallowing difficulties, itching, skin rash, chest pain and breathing problems are less common side effects. Health officials urge patients to seek medical help if they experience any of these Pradaxa-related side effects.
Many pharmaceutical companies are creating anticoagulant drugs to replace warfarin. In their rush to corner the market, many companies manufacture drugs with serious side effects. Patients who have suffered internal bleeding due to Pradaxa use may be entitled to financial compensation.
To determine lawsuit eligibility, Pradaxa lawyers review each case on an individual basis. For more information or a free consultation, call 1-800-435-4360.