There are many dangerous drugs and medications on the market today that are used to treat various health issues but cause dangerous side effects in return. One such example of this is the medication Pradaxa.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the use of Pradaxa in October of 2010 to help prevent strokes and blood clots in patients with an abnormal heart rhythm. However, in the first quarter of 2011, the FDA received over 500 negative complaints from Pradaxa patients – more than any other drug on the market.
The adverse reports indicated that Pradaxa was causing massive internal bleeding, serious injuries, and sometimes death as a result. Reports reveal that Pradaxa and its generic equivalent dabigatran have been behind 260 deaths worldwide.
Getting to Know Pradaxa
Pradaxa, manufactured by Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals Inc., is a type of blood thinner for patients with atrial fibrillation. Individuals with this condition are more prone to developing blood clots that can result in a stroke and were prescribed Pradaxa to prevent blood clots from developing. This medication is designed to inhibit the enzyme that causes blood to clot.
When Pradaxa Does More Harm than Good
Although the medication was designed to help prevent blood clots and strokes, Pradaxa has caused serious side effects such as:
- internal bleeding
- stomach pain
- gastroesophageal reflux disease
- life-threatening allergic reactions
- anaphylactic shock
- heart attack
- liver dysfunction
- and more
There are people who are at higher risk for developing internal bleeding and other dangerous side effects. The FDA indicates that people who are older than 75, those with kidney problems, and people who have recurrent bleeding in the stomach or a stomach ulcer are at higher risk for suffering bleeding while on Pradaxa. Additionally, those who are taking aspirin, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, and other medications containing heparin can be at increased risk for internal bleeding.
For patients who experience severe internal bleeding while taking Pradaxa, there is very little doctors can do to stop it. The only way doctors may be able to help stop a Pradaxa patient’s bleeding or hemorrhage is to put the patient on dialysis to flush the system of the medication. However, dialysis takes a long time, and Pradaxa patients may die in the meantime. Sadly, the drug maker failed to warn patients and doctors of this risk, and many patients have died as a result.
If your loved one died as a result of the dangerous side effects of Pradaxa, you should consult with an Kentucky Pradaxa attorney to find out if you can file a Pradaxa wrongful death lawsuit against Boehringer Ingelheim and learn how to best proceed. To learn more about your rights, call the Law Office of Schachter, Hendy, & Johnson at 888-606-5297 today and speak with a Northern Kentucky injury lawyer in a free, no-obligation consultation.