When you go to the doctor, you naturally assume that whatever medication they give you is the best medication to treat the illness you have. But, this is not always the case. The drug Pradaxa is prescribed by doctors to reduce the chance of stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation caused by a certain kind of heart rhythm disorder. However, uncontrolled bleeding is a well-known complication of anticoagulant drugs such as Pradaxa, and can lead to serious complication and even death in more severe cases.
Pradaxa, also known as Dabigatran, is manufactured by Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals and is prescribed to help prevent the blood from coagulating or clotting. Pradaxa has been linked to hundreds of deaths worldwide as well as many life-threatening internal bleeding cases.
The main idea behind Pradaxa is that you may not want to use the drug Warfarin, the medical industry standard for treating patients with atrial fibrillation because it means having to undergo the laborious process of having your blood levels monitored and perhaps you don’t want to do this. Consequently, Pradaxa was marketed as a drug that does not require you to go through the systematic monitoring that you need for Warfarin.
Serious Side Effects
Medical studies have shown that patients who take Pradaxa have over 30% higher risk of heart attack than those taking the drug Warfarin. Furthermore, Pradaxa can cause uncontrolled bleeding for which there is no antidote. This means that there is no way for your doctor stop you from bleeding once bleeding has started.
With Warfarin, your doctor would be able to administer drugs like Vitamin k, or give you fresh frozen plasma to stop the bleeding. But with Pradaxa this is not possible, making it one of the deadliest drugs on the market today.
Lawsuits are now being filed against Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals claiming that the manufacturer failed to adequately research the medication or to warn patients and physicians of the risk of serious and potentially life-threatening side effects of Pradaxa.
Why Should Consult With An Experienced Drug Litigation Attorney
You may be researching the topic online and visiting many law firm websites to gain a better understanding of what Pradaxa lawsuits are all about, how it can affect you, and if you have a case worth pursuing. But, trying to understand an issue like this by reading information on websites can be difficult and often even more confusing.
Therefore, if you or a loved one has suffered a serious complication or even died after taking Pradaxa, you need to contact an experienced attorney for a no cost, no risk consultation during which you can receive an explanation of the Pradaxa lawsuits that is simple and easy to understand.
You may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering and other damages that can be pursued in a defective drug lawsuit against the manufacturer of Pradaxa, Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Contact an experienced drug litigation attorney immediately for more information. Time may be of the essence, so call today.