If you or someone you love is at an increased risk of stroke due to an irregular heartbeat, you may be familiar with the oral anticoagulant prescription medication called Pradaxa (also known as Dabigatran). What you might not know about this drug could end up costing you greatly: although it may help prevent stroke, taking it can have dangerous complications. If you or your loved one that took it has experienced any of these deadly side effects, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit seeking compensation for your injuries and losses.
About Atrial Fibrillation
More than two million people in the United States experience irregular heartbeat, or atrial fibrillation; sometimes, it can be connected with other conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure. Symptoms of irregular heartbeat include fatigue, feeling faint, chest pain, shortness of breath, dizziness, weakness, sweating, heart palpitations, and racing heartbeat. Having the condition makes you five times more likely to have a stroke; prescription medications like Pradaxa are intended to lower that risk, but the costs and risks may outweigh the benefits in this case.
Understand The Possible Risks of Pradaxa
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a report indicating that patients using Pradaxa may experience serious bleeding; further, the FDA suggested that healthcare providers including medical professionals should use extreme caution every time they consider prescribing the medication. Although it has the potential to provide great benefits for patients with irregular heartbeat, those patients who experience any of the dangerous side effects or anyone who may have a heart valve replaced at some point should consider options other than taking Pradaxa.
Factors that make taking Pradaxa more of a risk include stomach ulcers, bleeding intestines or stomach, kidney problems, age (specifically, those patients age 75 and older), and taking other medications that have the same or similar dangerous side effects. If you or someone you love takes Pradaxa and has experienced unexpected or severe bleeding, or coughing up or vomiting blood, talk to your doctor today, as you may be at serious risk of some of the aforementioned very dangerous side effects.
Side Effects Of Pradaxa
Patients suffering from irregular heartbeat were enthusiastic when Pradaxa was first introduced, but as more people started using it, patients and their doctors started realizing the dangerous, harmful side effects. Patients taking Pradaxa suffer symptoms of heart disease and heart attacks 33 percent more than those patients who take Warfarin. Other very serious side effects of Pradaxa include but are by no means limited to the following:
- Retinal, pulmonary, brain, gastrointestinal hemorrhaging
- Internal bleeding
- Joint swelling, pain, and weakness, especially in the extremities (i.e., hands, arms, feet, ankles, or legs)
Internal Bleeding Symptoms
Since its release, over 260 patients taking Pradaxa have died, likely due to internal bleeding caused by the medication. If you have any of the following signs or symptoms that you may be experiencing internal bleeding caused by Pradaxa, contact your doctor immediately:
- Joint swelling and pain
- Unusual bruising
- Pink or brown urine
- Red or black stools
- Bloody vomit
- Bleeding gums
- Frequent nosebleeds
- Prolonged bleeding
- Weakness or dizziness
As a patient – especially one with a life-threatening condition such as an irregular heartbeat – you should be able to depend on your doctor and the prescription medications they prescribe to help you live a fuller, healthier life. Likewise, your doctor should be able to prescribe medications having confidence that they will indeed improve patients’ lives and lifespans.
Clinical Trial Findings For Pradaxa
Shortly after Pradaxa was released, reports of dangerous side effects started cropping up. Some individuals and groups have criticized the producers of Pradaxa for rushing it to the market without thoroughly testing its side effects. Clinical trials found about 16 percent of users experienced internal bleeding, and about 33 percent reported less serious side effects such as abdominal pain, indigestion, acid reflux disease, stool problems, and ulcers in the digestive tract. Due to these findings, Pradaxa containers now include a warning label to caution users of the potential of bleeding complications that could result in serious and even fatal outcomes. Patients over the age of 75, those that experience kidney problems, and those with ulcers or intestinal bleeding may be at a heightened risk of excessive bleeding.
If you have experienced any of these potentially life-threatening side effects, or if you have lost a loved one after taking Pradaxa, you should call to talk to one of the experienced, knowledgeable attorneys at Walton Telken toll free at (844) 307-7349. If you find yourself unable to travel to speak with them, an attorney will be glad to travel to meet with you. If you have suffered from Pradaxa side effects, you need an attorney by your side if you are considering filing a lawsuit to seek compensation for your injuries and losses.
If you have been injured or lost anything or anyone due to your or their use of Pradaxa, you have the right and responsibility to hold the prescription drug manufacturer responsible. If you fail to do so, they will continue to manufacture the drug that has injured and killed way too many individuals already. When you call to schedule a meeting with an attorney with Walton Telken, you can ask if they will take your case on contingency, which means they won’t get paid unless and until you do.
Your lawsuit may garner you compensation for your losses, including money for all of your medical bills, pharmaceutical costs, any and all lost wages, pain and suffering, and end of life (including funeral and burial) expenses. Without a lawyer to help support and guide you through the complicated process of filing and following through with a lawsuit, you may not get the compensation you deserve, so call to talk to one of the very experienced attorneys with Walton Telken today at (844) 307-7349. The call is free, and you will only pay for service if we win your case, so you have nothing to lose. Call today.