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Pradaxa Side Effects - Internal Bleeding

side effects of pradaxaPradaxa is a popular anticoagulant drug prescribed to patients with atrial fibrillation to prevent blood clots, stroke and pulmonary embolism. It has made more headlines lately, however, as a drug with dangerous health risks associated with Pradaxa adverse events.

The maker of Pradaxa, Boehringer Ingelheim, has identified certain common Pradaxa side effects including:

  • Chest pain or tightness
  • Swelling of the face or tongue
  • Dizziness
  • Trouble breathing or wheezing
  • Indigestion, painful or upset stomach

In recent months, however, experts have warned that Pradaxa may increase risks of more serious conditions such as:

  • Heart attacks
  • Bleeding in the kidneys
  • Bleeding in the brain
  • Bleeding in the intestines

So far, more than 4,000 cases of Pradaxa side effects have been reported to the FDA. Now, a federal judge has ruled that the drug maker, Boehringer Ingelheim, will have to face lawsuits filed by those injured. There is truly a medical alert for Pradaxa and all patients should speak with their doctor about possible risks.

If you or a loved one suffered internal bleeding after taking Pradaxa, it is important to learn about your legal options. You may be entitled to substantial compensation. Contact us today to speak with a lawyer.

In December of 2011 the FDA warned that it was investigating Pradaxa due to a greater amount of injury or death reports than expected. USA Today reported that in 2011, the FDA received reports of 3,781 Pradaxa side effects and 542 deaths among users, more than all other medications.

In September of 2012, The Journal for The American Medical Association warned that the FDA may have rushed approval of Pradaxa, overlooking key side effects like internal bleeding.

While all blood thinner medications have a risk of causing internal bleeding, others like Warfarin can be effectively treated with reversal agents including PCC, plasma and vitamin K.

In its March, 2012 report, the Journal of Neurosurgery detailed a specific case and concerns by doctors that once Pradaxa causes internal bleeding, there is very little they can do to stop it.

Lawyers are currently helping those affected by Pradaxa side effects file claims against the manufacturer. Due to the number of lawsuits expected, the cases have been consolidated to a special federal court in Illinois. A lawyer can let you know what compensation is available and how long you have to take action.

Before you choose a lawyer, make sure they are qualified for this type of lawsuit and have experience fighting large drug companies. The Drug Resource Center only recommends law firms that specialize in Pradaxa lawsuits.

For more information on the side effects, warnings and legal action related to the drug Pradaxa, or to speak with a lawyer, contact us today. We are available 24 hours a day to provide help.

Authored by Chris Schroeder