Pradaxa & Blood Thinner Medication
Pradaxa is an anticoagulant, or blood-thinner, that is used to prevent systemic embolism and strokes in people who have atrial fibrillation. Pradaxa, which is manufactured by Boehringer Ingelheim, was introduced to the market in 2010 and was the first drug to compete with warfarin, a type of blood thinner that has been popularly prescribed for decades. Although the two drugs achieve the same goal, until 2015, Pradaxa lacked an antidote or reversal agent to stop excessive bleeding events. The absence of an antidote resulted in thousands of adverse events and hundreds of fatalities from uncontrollable bleeding. In October 2015, the FDA granted accelerated approval to Praxbind, a drug which allows doctors to reverse the blood-thinning effects of Pradaxa in emergency situations.
By 2011, Pradaxa was associated with at least 3,781 injuries and 542 deaths in the U.S. alone. As a result, thousands of lawsuits were filed against Boehringer Ingelheim alleging various causes of action and damages. In 2014, Boehringer agreed to settle approximately 4,000 lawsuits for $650 million. Many patients, however, continue to suffer from the life-threatening side effects of Pradaxa, and Pradaxa lawsuits are still being filed against Boehringer.
Should I stop taking Pradaxa?
Never stop taking a prescription medication without talking to your health care provider. Changing your medication could result in severe adverse consequences. In particular, abruptly stopping Pradaxa could increase your chances of adverse side effects. You and your doctor should make the decision whether Pradaxa is for you.
Common Side Effects of Pradaxa:
- Stomach pain
- Nausea and upset stomach
- Unusual bruising or bleeding
- Brown or pink urine
- Bloody or black, tarry stools
- Coughing up or vomiting blood or material that looks like coffee grounds
- Gum bleeding
- Frequent nosebleeds
- Heavy menstrual bleeding
- Joint pain or swelling
- Difficulty breathing or swallowing
- Weakness, dizziness or feeling faint
- Bleeding from a cut that lasts longer than normal
- Chest pain or tightness
The attorneys of Meshbesher & Spence continue to provide free case evaluations to Pradaxa victims and their families. If you have taken the blood thinner Pradaxa, and suffered injury from excessive bleeding, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Although you can still file a Pradaxa lawsuit, your time could be limited by state law. Therefore, please contact us today for a free consultation and a no-obligation case review of your potential claim.
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