If you or someone you love has been treated with the anticoagulant medication Pradaxa® (dabigatran) and has suffered a serious side effect such as a heart attack or internal bleeding, a Pradaxa® injury lawsuit may be right for you. To find out if you qualify to seek compensation for your injuries, schedule a free case review with one of our Pradaxa® injury lawyers today.
Symptoms of bleeding, one of the many adverse Pradaxa® side effects preceded many of the deaths linked to this anticoagulant drug. The FDA said it will be conducting the investigation to determine if the incidence of bleeding and deaths among patients prescribed Pradaxa® is higher than what would be expected based on observations in the clinical trial that was held before the FDA approved Pradaxa® (dabigatran).
Pradaxa® for Atrial Fibrillation Patients
Pradaxa® (dabigatran) is prescribed as an anticoagulant for reducing the risk of stroke in patients with a common type of heart rhythm problem called "AF," or non-valvular atrial fibrillation. Potential Pradaxa® side effects — as is the case with all anticoagulants — include symptoms of bleeding such as coughing up blood, frequent nosebleeds, and urine or feces that appear bloody. Warnings about such complications are present of Pradaxa®'s packaging.
Side Effects of Pradaxa® (Dabigatran)
The most serious side effects associated with Pradaxa® (dabigatran) include internal bleeding that can lead to death and heart attack. Patients with AF, and their families, should be aware of the signs and symptoms of internal bleeding which include:
- bleeding from the gums
- coughing up blood
- frequent nosebleeds
- joint pain or swelling
- menstrual or vaginal bleeding that is heavier than normal
- red or black tarry stools
- unusual bruising or bleeding / hemorrhaging
- urine that is pink or brown
- vomiting that resembles blood or looks like coffee grounds
- weakness and swelling of the arms, hands, feet, ankles or lower legs
Pradaxa® (dabigatran) has also been linked to heart attack and severe symptoms of heart disease. In the Jan. 9, 2012 issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine, researchers said that patients taking Pradaxa® (dabigatran) have a 33 percent higher risk of heart attack and heart disease than those taking the anticoagulant warfarin or a placebo.
Researchers said they based their information on a study conducted by scientists at the Cleveland Clinic who reported on data from seven clinical trials involving 30,514 patients.
Find Out If You Qualify for a Pradaxa® Injury Lawsuit
If your family member died after being administered Pradaxa® (dabigatran) or if you've suffered symptoms of bleeding or other Pradaxa® side effects, you can schedule a free consultation with a Pradaxa® injury lawyer to discuss your concerns. You may be eligible to seek financial compensation for your injuries. Contact us to learn more today.