April 20, 2016
Pradaxa is a medication prescribed to reduce the risk of stroke in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation (AFib). AFib is a condition where the heart beats irregularly, potentially leading to blood clots, stroke, or heart failure. The risk of stroke in AFib patients is substantial, which is why many physicians prescribe drugs like Pradaxa to minimize the risk. Unfortunately, it may cause more harm than good.
Studies have shown that patients who take Pradaxa may be at a higher risk of severe bleeding events that can turn fatal. In fact, the manufacturer of the drug has reported 260 fatal bleeding events related to Pradaxa between 2008-2011. People aged 75 or older with existing kidney problems are especially at risk. Common symptoms include:
- coughing up or vomiting blood,
- frequent nose bleeds,
- heavy menstrual bleeding,
- pink or brown urine,
- and red or black stools.
If you or someone you love suffered from severe bleeding after taking Pradaxa, you may be entitled to significant compensation for your injuries. Call our experienced Indiana drug injury lawyers today for a free consultation. We’ll investigate the cause of your severe bleeding event and hold the responsible parties accountable.