Pradaxa is a common drug that patients use as a blood thinner, designed as an anti-blood clotting and anticoagulant drug. These prescription capsules are recommended for reducing the risk of stroke and blood clots. People who have atrial fibrillation have been prescribed Pradaxa. This drug however, is not for people with prosthetic heart valves. After this medication was approved back in October of 2010, there have been many cases of gastrointestinal bleeding. Since then, the FDA has issue a warning because many patients are experience serious bleeding as a result of taking Pradaxa, some cases have been fatal.
Side Effects of Pradaxa
The most dangerous side effect of Praxada is the chance of bleeding. Praxada can also cause other serious side effects including:
- Upset stomach
- Chest pain
- Swelling of the face or tongue
- Difficulty breathing or wheezing
The chances of gastrointestinal bleeding are more significant in patients who are 75 years old or older. Patients who already have kidney problems, intestine bleeding issues, or take other blood thinner medicines or aspirin products, also have a higher chance of experiencing gastrointestinal bleeding problems with Praxada. Doctors don't recommend Praxada to patients who already experience abnormal bleeding, who have experienced an allergic reaction to the drug or to individuals planning on having heart valve replacement surgery.
Per the FDA's request, Praxada now has to issue a warning to be placed on the labels of all their products. This product has not yet been recalled and taken off the market, which is why it is so important to be informed of the potential health dangers that it possesses. There are also many potential future victims who may experience health complications due to this dangerous blood-thinning product. Many patients who have taken Praxada have experienced the serious bleeding and have filed lawsuits against the maker of Praxada, Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals. These lawsuits do not always make it to trial, most are in fact settled through negotiations so a settlement can be reached without having to go to court.
Atlanta Praxada GI Bleeding Attorney
Has you or a loved one experienced serious bleeding problems as a result of taking Praxada? Here at The Tolson Firm, LLC we offer serious legal representation for the seriously injured. We understand the difficulties that you are facing and we would like to offer our support for your gastrointestinal bleeding lawsuit. If negligence or malpractice was the direct cause of your injuries, then you have the right to seek fair compensation for any damages. Our team of Atlanta medical malpractice attorneys can fight to protect your rights and assist with financial recovery. We want to recover the full amount of restitution that you deserve. Call our Atlanta office today to schedule a confidential consultation so we can discuss your case! We will work to seek justice on your behalf.