Pradaxa Internal Bleeding
A popular drug-thinning medicine on the market today is Pradaxa—known also as dabigatran. This prescription was approved to regulate the development of blood clots and stroke in those suffering from atrial fibrillation, the most common type of heart rhythm disorder.
Although Pradaxa has proven successful in treating stroke and blood clots, the drug has its fair share of serious side effects. Pradaxa was designed to thin the blood, which essentially inhibits the body's natural ability to clot. In turn, this may significantly increase one's chances of developing internal bleeding or perhaps even hemorrhaging.
Internal Bleeding Symptoms
There are a myriad of signs and symptoms correlated to excessive bleeding. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advises Pradaxa patients to pursue medical treatment immediately if they notice any of the following:
- Significant bleeding or bruising
- Headaches or bouts of dizziness
- Coughing up blood
- Stools that are red or tarry in nature
- Abnormal menstrual or vaginal bleeding
- Pink or brown urine
- Unusual bleeding from the gums
- Throwing up blood
Abdominal pain, vomiting, and stool with a black or red tarry appearance could also be signs of other severe gastrointestinal disorders. Notify your health care professional immediately if you develop these symptoms.
German-based pharmaceutical giant and creator of Pradaxa, Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceutical, has suffered some backlash recently as the company is now being forced to recognize more than 260 deaths globally attributed to Pradaxa use. Within the last three months, a handful of lawsuits have been filed against the pharmaceutical company.
Specifically is the Tennessee case of Marlene Wright et al v. Boehringer Ingelheim that alleges the defendant died from internal bleeding just days after beginning Pradaxa treatment. Another Pradaxa victim, Frank Sardinha, became gravely ill and landed in the hospital just weeks after being placed on Pradaxa. Sardinha was diagnosed with excessive gastrointestinal bleeding that could not be controlled due to the level of Pradaxa in his bloodstream. Thankfully, Sardinha's case did not result in death, though he spent eight days in the hospital and suffered severe blood loss.
It is expected the coming months will bring a number of new lawsuits against the pharmaceutical company. If you or a loved one has suffered serious consequences due to Pradaxa usage, we urge you to explore your legal rights and take advantage of our free case evaluation. A qualified Pradaxa legal representative will explain your legal options and rights. Hope begins today!