Pradaxa® (dabigatran) is a prescription blood-thinning medication that has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to reduce the risk of stroke in people with non-valvular atrial fibrillation (AFib).
Pradaxa is in a class of anticoagulant drugs called direct thrombin inhibitors, which attach to clotting agents in the blood and reduce its ability to clot. Unlike other blood thinners, Pradaxa doesn’t require monthly blood tests and has no known counteracting drug. This can make it more difficult to stop bleeding in patients who are taking Pradaxa. Between October 2010 and August 2011, approximately 1.1 million Pradaxa prescriptions were dispensed from U.S. pharmacies.
Pradaxa® Linked to Uncontrollable Bleeding
The FDA recently began evaluating reports that serious bleeding is more common in patients using Pradaxa than in patients using other blood thinners. Boehringer Ingelheim, the maker of Pradaxa, has reported 260 fatal bleeding events related to Pradaxa between March 2008 and October 2011.
People at the highest risk for abnormal bleeding from using Pradaxa include people who:
- Are 75 years old or older
- Have existing kidney problems
- Have stomach bleeding or an ulcer
- Are taking other drugs that increase the risk of bleeding, including aspirin, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (nsaids), and other blood thinners
Look Out For These Pradaxa® Symptoms
Pradaxa users should call their doctors immediately if they notice any of the following symptoms:
- Coughing up or vomiting blood
- Frequent nose bleeds
- Heavy menstrual bleeding
- Pink or brown urine
- Red or black stools
People taking Pradaxa shouldn’t stop using the drug without first talking to their doctors, as this can increase the risk of having a stroke. It’s also important to notify healthcare professionals about Pradaxa use before having any surgery or dental procedures.
The personal injury lawyers at Cory Watson Attorneys settled their lawsuits and recovered compensation for their clients injured by the use of Pradaxa.
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