Injuries From the Use of Pradaxa
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What is Pradaxa?
Pradaxa is a blood-thinning drug usually prescribed to prevent blood clotting and stroke in patients at risk for these medical conditions. Pradaxa is manufactured by the German pharmaceutical company Boehringer Ingelheim, and physicians nationwide have prescribed this medication to individuals nationwide, without understanding the potential serious side effects the use of Pradaxa may have on their patients. Some of the most commonly reported side effects from the use of Pradaxa include:
- Brain hemorrhage
- Gastrointestinal bleeding
- Kidney bleeding
- Wrongful death
Pradaxa is often used as an alternative to Coumadin (warfarin). A physician may easily reverse the blood-thinning effects of warfarin by administering Vitamin K, but Pradaxa has no similar safety mechanism. If a person who is using Pradaxa is injured, or requires emergency surgery, the physician must order dialysis to mechanically remove Pradaxa from the bloodstream. This can take 2-3 hours to remove Pradaxa.
The RE-LY Clinical Trial
The RE-LY Clinical Trial found 17.4% of Pradaxa users who needed non-elective surgery experienced serious bleeding.
The “Randomized Evaluation of Long-term Anti-Coagulation Therapy” (RE-LY) clinical trial compared the efficacy of Pradaxa and warfarin. Each medication was administered in a blinded manner to patients who had atrial fibrillation. These patients were at increased risk for stroke associated with systemic embolisms (blood clots).
Findings of the RE-LY Clinical Trial and Bleeding:
- 16.4% of people taking Pradaxa experience bleeding
- 17.4% of people taking Pradaxa who needed emergency surgery experienced major bleeding
- 3.3% of users experience serious bleeding
- 1.5% experience life-threatening bleeding
- 0.3% experience bleeding in the brain (cerebral hemorrhage)
Other Side Effects of Pradaxa
Gastrointestinal problems are also experienced by up to 35% of people taking Pradaxa. Problems may include indigestion, abdominal pain, ulcers of the digestive tract, black or tarry stools, gastroesophageal reflux disease, and more.
Other side effects may include:
- Severe allergic reaction requiring hospitalization
- Anaphylactic reaction
- Anaphylactic shock
- Myocardial infarction
- Elevations in liver transaminases
- Bilirubin and hepatic dysfunction
- Easy bruising
Am I At Risk?
Talk to your doctor about the risk factors associated with this drug. If you are already using Pradaxa, do not stop using Pradaxa before consulting your doctor.
The FDA warns that you may have a higher risk of bleeding if you take Pradaxa and you:
- Are over 75 years old
- Have kidney problems
- Have stomach or intestine bleeding that is recent or keeps coming back, or you have a stomach ulcer
You may be at increased risk of serious bleeding if you take other medicines that increase your risk of bleeding, including:
- Aspirin or aspirin containing products
- Long-term (chronic) use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
- Warfarin sodium (Coumadin¬Æ, Jantoven¬Æ)
- Medicine that contains heparin
- Clopidogrel (Plavix¬Æ)
- Rasugrel (Effient¬Æ)
If you have suffered any side effects from the use of Pradaxa, you need competent representation to help you get the compensation the law entitles you to receive. Our experienced personal injury attorneys will be able to help you understand more about the potential claim you have arising from your use of Pradaxa or another drug on the market. Do not try to resolve your issues with your insurance company or with the pharmaceutical company before you talk to an attorney from Derryberry Zips Wade Lawhorn, PLLC. We have years of experience in handling similar claims and if a trial is necessary, the experienced trial attorneys at Derryberry Zips Wade Lawhorn, PLLC will effectively and persuasively advocate your case to the judge or jury.
Plaintiff representation in personal injury litigation
Daryl Derryberry and Craig Zips are both Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law. If you are suffering complications from the use of Pradaxa or other pharmaceutical products, contact the Texas law offices of Derryberry Zips Wade Lawhorn for a free consultation.