South Carolina Pradaxa Injury Lawyer Puts Patients’ Needs First
The anticoagulant Pradaxa (dabigatran etexilate mesylate) is a blood thinning medication used to reduce the risk of stroke in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation (AF). Approved in 2010, the FDA issued a drug safety communication in 2011 that clinical trials demonstrated Pradaxa patients may experience a high risk of serious bleeding events. These risk factors have not stopped German manufacturer Boehringer Ingelheim from marketing the drug, as sales of Pradaxa topped one billion dollars in 2012. Our Pradaxa attorneys find justice and financial compensation for injured individuals when pharmaceutical corporations prioritize profits over patients’ health and safety.
Pradaxa Side Effects Include Excessive Bleeding and Death
No one should discontinue taking any prescription medication without prior approval of a health care professional. However, those who have prescriptions for Pradaxa may wish to consult with their physicians regarding the risks of severe bleeding and death associated with this potentially dangerous drug, or obtain a second opinion from a different doctor regarding alternative treatments.
Post-market reports of Pradaxa have been alarming, and the FDA is continuing to monitor the extreme negative side effects of this drug. The FDA is looking into allegations that Pradaxa causes a high rate of fatality and injury, including:
- Excessive hemorrhaging
- Acute renal failure
Early Symptoms of Pradaxa Side Effects
As Pradaxa may cause the serious side effects enumerated above, patients on this medication or who have taken this medication must remain on high alert for early signs of unusual bleeding, including:
- Bleeding in the gums
- Frequent nosebleeds
- Heavy menstrual flow
- Blood in urine, pink or brown urine
- Red or black tar-colored stool
- Unusual bruising on the body, bruises that get larger
- Coughing up blood or blood clots
- Vomiting blood or vomit that resembles coffee grounds
Anyone experiencing these symptoms while taking Pradaxa or after taking Pradaxa must see a doctor or go to the emergency room immediately. While a Pradaxa recall or FDA drug recall has not yet occurred, these serious side effects evidence the belief that Pradaxa is a dangerous drug.
Pradaxa Lawsuits for Patients and Families
If you have experienced severe and unusual bleeding while taking Pradaxa, you may be entitled to compensation to pay medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering and more. Families whose loved one has died while taking Pradaxa should know that while no amount of money would adequately compensate them for their loss, the pharmaceutical company must be held accountable for their negligence and misrepresentations.
Contact our Pradaxa Attorneys to Learn More
Our Pradaxa lawyers are compassionate individuals who believe it is unacceptable for corporations to elevate profits above patients’ safety. We represent both individuals in drug lawsuits as well as families pursuing wrongful death actions. Contact our drug injury lawyers if you are or were taking Pradaxa and have experienced negative side effects, or if your loved one has died while taking this medication. We offer confidential, no obligation consultations.