Patients who take the anti-clotting drug Pradaxa may be at an increased risk of several types of serious internal bleeding. Although all anti-clotting drugs carry with them an increased risk of serious bleeding, Pradaxa carries with it additional risk due to the lack of a quick antidote to the anticoagulant effect that it has. Gastrointestinal bleeding, cerebral hemorrhaging (bleeding on the brain), as well as acute coronary syndrome (heart attacks due to blood clots) have all been reported by patients taking Pradaxa. In fact, around 300 Pradaxa related deaths have been reported in the time since the medication was FDA approved. Knowing about other compounding risk factors as well as being informed of the early signs of internal bleeding can help to potentially reduce associated Pradaxa risks.
Types of Patients with Increased Risks of Pradaxa Internal Bleeding
The following groups of people may be at an increased risk of serious bleeding, and should seriously consult with their doctor before taking a direct thrombin inhibitor like Pradaxa:
- Patients who are already taking another prescription anti-clotting drug like warfarin
- Patients with ongoing use of aspirin or other anti-inflammatory drugs (ibuprofen or naproxen)
- Patients who are 75 and older
- Patients with a prior history of bleeding problems
- Patients with kidney disease
- Patients with ulcers
- Patients who are pregnant or plan to become pregnant
- Patients who are planning to undergo any type of surgery, including dental surgery
- Patients who are allergic to dabigatran, or any of the ingredients in the Pradaxa capsules
Signs and Symptoms of Internal Bleeding
Anti-clotting medications can result in a variety of side effects, some of which are very serious and even life threatening. Being aware of these side effects and symptoms can help to reduce the risks of internal bleeding while taking these medications. Some of the less severe side effects are stomach pain, nausea, and heartburn; however, if any of these persist or worsen over time, a doctor should be notified. The following symptoms are associated with internal bleeding, and a doctor should be notified immediately if any of the following manifest: discolored urine or stools, bleeding that occurs and lasts longer than usual (especially gum bleeding, menstrual bleeding, and nosebleeds), headache/dizziness, and swelling/joint pain.
File an Internal Bleeding Lawsuit: Speak to a Lawyer
Although primarily located in Houston, the Willis Law Firm is currently reviewing Pradaxa Internal Bleeding cases nationwide. If your or a loved one has experienced internal bleeding or other medical complications while taking Pradaxa, you may be eligible for financial compensation through filing a lawsuit. Contact our firm today for your initial case review free of charge or obligation. Pradaxa clients will not be required to pay any legal or attorney fees unless a recovery is obtained. Let us help you protect the interests of you and your family.For more information: Internal Bleeding, Pradaxa