Pradaxa side effects like internal bleeding potentially linked to the blood thinner Pradaxa may lead to injury lawsuits being filed by patients. Contact a Pradaxa attorney to explore your compensation options.

Pradaxa is a direct thrombin inhibitor, also known as an anticoagulant or blood thinner, manufactured by drug company Boehringer Ingelheim. Pradaxa was specifically designed to reduce the risk of blood clots and stroke in patients with a medical condition called non-valvular atrial fibrillation. Atrial fibrillation is the most common type of abnormality affecting the heart's rhythm, occurring when part of the heart doesn't beat properly. Pradaxa (dabigatran etexilate mesylate) garnered approval by the FDA in October 2010, and was celebrated as the first drug to rival Warfarin, a popular blood thinner ruling the U.S. market since 1954. Unfortunately, new studies indicate that patients who take Pradaxa to minimize their risk of stroke and blood clots may actually expose themselves to serious side effects, like internal bleeding and death. If you took Pradaxa to treat your atrial fibrillation and have since experienced a major hemorrhaging or internal bleeding side effect, contact a Pradaxa attorney as soon as possible.

Potential Pradaxa Side Effects

Patients with atrial fibrillation take Pradaxa in an effort to reduce their risk of blood clots and stroke. Unfortunately, the new blood thinner, on the market only a little over a year at this point, may be associated with an increased risk of major side effects of its own, including:
  • Internal bleeding or hemorrhaging
  • Heart disease
  • Heart attack
  • Death
According to the FDA, bleeding or hemorrhaging that may lead to serious or even fatal outcomes is a well-known side effect of all anticoagulants, including Warfarin, which has been on the market for nearly 60 years. In fact, the FDA has included a warning concerning potentially fatal bleeding on the Pradaxa medication guide. The main difference between these two drugs is that internal bleeding or hemorrhaging in Warfarin patients can be treated with vitamin K. Unfortunately, there is no known antidote for internal bleeding caused by Pradaxa and other direct thrombin inhibitors.

FDA Warnings Regarding Pradaxa Side Effects

Serious concerns about potential Pradaxa side effects surfaced before the blood thinner was even on the market for a full year. In September 2011, a Pradaxa investigation was launched in New Zealand following the alarming deaths of as many as five elderly patients taking Pradaxa. According to the reports, the deaths were caused by internal bleeding and hemorrhaging, serious side effects potentially linked to Pradaxa which have led to another thirty-six reports of Pradaxa bleeding-related injuries.
Previous to these Pradaxa side effect reports, regulators in Japan sent a letter to Pradaxa maker Boehringer Ingelheim, requesting that the company warn physicians about potential Pradaxa side effects, including life-threatening hemorrhaging and internal bleeding in some patients. According to the letter, between March 14 and August 11, eighty-one elderly patients suffered heavy bleeding or hemorrhaging associated with Pradaxa, resulting in five fatalities. The FDA has addressed this side effect risk in Pradaxa patients by including a warning in the blood thinner's medication guide notifying physicians and patients that Pradaxa can cause serious bleeding, possibly resulting in death. On December 7, 2011, the FDA issued a safety announcement informing the public that the agency is evaluating post-marketing reports of serious bleeding events in patients taking Pradaxa.

Pradaxa Attorneys for Internal Bleeding Side Effects

Despite the severe side effect risks possibly linked to Pradaxa, a shocking 1.1 million Pradaxa prescriptions were dispensed between the date of the drug's approval, October 2010, and August 2011. If you or a loved one has suffered from a major internal bleeding side effect and you believe Pradaxa to be the cause, contact a Pradaxa attorney to discuss your options for legal recourse. You may be entitled to financial compensation for your injuries, medical bills, and pain and suffering, which you can collect by filing a Pradaxa lawsuit against Pradaxa maker Boehringer Ingelheim. In addition, if a loved one died while taking Pradaxa, you may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit against Boehringer Ingelheim in order to collect fair and timely reimbursement for any related expenses, including funeral costs, emotional suffering and loss of income. With the help of an experienced Pradaxa lawyer, you can ensure that your legal rights are protected and you can bring public attention to the potentially harmful nature of the blood thinner Pradaxa.

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