Pradaxa is a prescription blood-thinning medication meant to lower the risk of stroke and blood clotting in individuals suffering from atrial fibrillation which is not caused by a heart valve issues. In patients suffering from atrial fibrillation, a portion of the heart is not beating correctly. This defect may cause the formation of blood clots which can in turn increase the risk of a stroke. Pradaxa is meant to decrease the formation of blood clots in the body, but it has been linked to some very serious potential side effects, including heart attack, heart failure, and uncontrolled bleeding.
Side Effects Specific to Pradaxa
All medications have some potential side effects; some individuals may experience the side effects to a more severe degree and some may not experience side effects at all. Some of the most common Pradaxa side effects include:
- Stomach pain, nausea
There are also some more severe side effects associated with Pradaxa use. You should contact a doctor immediately if you experience any of the following Pradaxa side effects:
- Severe allergic reactions (hives, rashes, itching, difficulty breathing, swelling of the face, mouth, tongue, or lips)
- Black, tarry, or bloody stool
- Chest pain
- Coughing up blood
- Unusual headaches
- Unusual bruising or bleeding
- Vomit which looks like blood or coffee grounds
Bleeding is a common Pradaxa side effect because the drug is used to prevent the clotting of blood within the body. This means that patients must take extra care with cuts and internal bleeding as the blood is being treated not to clot as easily. This has led to some deaths related to uncontrolled bleeding by patients taking Pradaxa.
Pradaxa Side Effects Lawsuit
If you or a loved one have suffered a severe injury or death which you believe may have been caused by the prescription drug Pradaxa, you may be entitled to financial compensation for your injury through a Pradaxa lawsuit. Recent studies suggest that Pradaxa significantly increases the risk of heart attack and heart failure among patients even compared with similar drugs. Also, there have been reported deaths caused by uncontrolled bleeding related to Pradaxa as a blood-thinning agent. If you or a loved one believes that you are a victim of a Pradaxa injury, please contact our law firm so that we may review you potential Pradaxa Lawsuit.
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