Pradaxa, a blood thinner, is used to reduce the risk of blood clots and stroke in people with a trial heart fibrillation. It was approved by the FDA and introduced to the United States in October 2010, and by August of 2012, more than 3.7 million prescriptions were filled by people using Pradaxa.
Less than two years after its introduction, Pradaxa is being blamed for more than 500 deaths and there are thousands of others who are reported to be suffering from serious side effects, such as uncontrollable bleeding and hemorrhaging. Users of Pradaxa are taking action and with the help of a personal injury attorney have filed a Pradaxa lawsuit against the German manufacturer, Boehringer Ingelheim.
Some common side effects with using Pradaxa are:
- Bleeding and/or bruising from minor cuts
- Stomach pain
In addition to the common side effects, Pradaxa’s serious side effects include heart attack, liver failure, uncontrolled bleeding, and death.
If you are taking Pradaxa it is important to inform your dentist and doctors who are not familiar with your list of medications before undergoing any type of surgery, as taking a blood thinner could cause bleeding complications during the procedure.
Bleeding is the most frequently reported side effect, which can cause death. Hemorrhages in the central nervous system and brain can be just as harmful as a stroke, which is what Pradaxa is taken to prevent.
If you experience any of the following symptoms get in touch with your family doctor or seek immediate medical treatment:
- Swelling or joint pain
- Headaches, dizziness, or weakness
- Coughing up blood
- Pink or brown urine
- Unusual bleeding
- Vomit that resembles coffee grounds