Lawsuits are now being filed in Oklahoma for patients who have been injured as a result of using the Pradaxa blood thinner (generic name: dabigatran). Pradaxa is alleged to have caused bleeding and internal hemorrhaging complications that have resulted in patient deaths.
A Pradaxa blood thinner is often prescribed for patients with irregular heartbeat. It is used to reduce the risk of strokes and blood clots for people with atrial fibrillation (AFib) that is not caused by a heart valve problem.
Pradaxa was first approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in October, 2010. Boehringer Ingelheim, the manufacturer, touted the medication as superior to Coumadin (generic name: warfarin sodium) because it would require less patient monitoring. However, it has been subsequently found that Pradaxa side-effects include serious internal bleeding, internal hemorrhaging, bleeding disorders, rectal bleeding, cerebral hemorrhage, strokes and even death. When a patient is taking warfarin, bleeding can be counteracted with one dose of vitamin K; however, there is no antidote that stops the Pradaxa bleeding, so it is alleged to be far more dangerous than warfarin.
Initially, Pradaxa blood thinner was favored over Coumadin because patients who regularly take Coumadin must have weekly exams and endure dietary restrictions. Pradaxa required fewer check-ups and patients were not told to modify their diets. Warfarin was not without its side-effects; it was known to have caused brain hemorrhages and other internal bleeding. Pradaxa was initially celebrated as being a safer alternative. Not long after it hit the market, though, it was leading all other medications in the number of deaths reported to the FDA. In 2011, a study showed that Pradaxa might increase heart attack risk and cause irreversible bleeding complications. More recently, a study in the Archives of Internal Medicine indicated that one of the Pradaxa side effects, is a boost in the risk of a heart attack by 33 percent.
One of the most concerning Pradaxa side effects is uncontrolled bleeding. If you have used Pradaxa and are experiencing any of the following symptoms, you need to contact your health-care provider immediately: frequent nose bleeds, urine discoloration, bleeding gums, vomit that looks like coffee grinds, or excessive menstrual or vaginal bleeding. Some patients may experience other more serious Pradaxa side-effects, including discolored urine that is brown or pink; bowel movements that are red or black and have a tar-like appearance; unexplained bruises; abnormal pain or swelling in joints or other body parts and dizziness, headaches or weakness. Milder Pradaxa side effects include nausea, heartburn, stomach pain, bloating or burning.
The FDA is currently investigating the claims that Pradaxa is more harmful than Coumadin. The FDA’s Adverse Event Reporting System data reveals the possibility that it is not as safe in clinical practice as it was in clinical trials. The theory is that the drug may be being used differently or in different patient populations in practice than when it was studied. However, allegations are that Pradaxa bleeding is excessive as compared to what is expected of patients taking an anticoagulant (i.e. blood thinners) has led the FDA to conduct a safety review. At this time, the FDA is reported to have related over 600 patient deaths to the medication.
We are now accepting Pradaxa lawsuits across the nation in:
Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.
Our experienced personal injury team is staffed with Pradaxa lawyers ready to take on your case.
If you or someone you know is taking Pradaxa, it is important to talk to your health-care provider about the possibility of side-effects. This is critical if you already have a history of heart disease or are at risk for a stroke.
If you or a loved one have already suffered Pradaxa side-effects, you may be eligible to participate in a Pradaxa lawsuit; we will work hard to help you recover damages. A Pradaxa lawsuit will seek recovery for physical injury, pain, suffering, lost compensation, and medical expenses. If you are suffering due to Pradaxa side-effects, please contact us to speak with an Oklahoma Pradaxa lawyer for a free, no-obligation consultation by filling out our contact form, or by calling us toll free at (877) 917-5250.
If you’ve never taken Pradaxa, and are not eligible to participate in a Pradaxa lawsuit, you should be aware that numerous other drugs have been recalled, and have caused injury to many people. The McIntyre Law team is helping people with several of these drug lawsuits. Please see our other drug information pages to find out if you are affected by any drug recall: