Pradaxa (dabigatran ) is a direct thrombin inhibitor, a class of anticoagulant drugs that work by inhibiting the action of the blood enzyme thrombin. Pradaxa (Dabigatran) is manufactured by the drug maker Boeringer Ingelheim and is approved for the preventative treatment of strokes or blood clots in individuals who suffer from atrial fibrillation without heart valve disease. Recently though Pradaxa side effects and death magnifies Pradaxa hemorrhage concerns.
Pradaxa (Dabigatran) Bleeding Side Effects
Pradaxa side effects include:
- gastrointestinal discomfort/dysfunction
- unusual bruising
- coughing up blood
- bloody or tarry stools
- excess or heavier than normal bleeding
- joint pain and/or swelling of the joints
- skin rash
Pradaxa Bleeding side effects have garnered government drug watchdog attention. The European Medicines Agency observed nearly 300 patient deaths due to bleeding in Pradaxa patients, and Pradaxa (Dabigatran) heart side effects are being heard more and more.
In March of 2012 an 85 year old man died as a result of minor head trauma that snowballed into uncontrollable internal bleeding. Minor falls present a huge risk to patients taking Pradaxa. The presence of Pradaxa in the blood stream can make internal bleeding very difficult to stop as there is no Pradaxa bleeding antidote. As such, it is recommended that doctors be aware of whether or not a patient who has had a fall is currently taking the drug so that dialysis can be administered at once to remove enough of it to possibly allow the bleeding to stop.
Pradaxa (Dabigatran) Heart Side Effects
Cleveland Clinic researchers Ken Uchino, MD and Adrian V. Hernandez, MD, PhD have studied Pradaxa (Dabigatran) heart side effects in depth. They analyzed the data of 30,514 patients enrolled in seven clinical trials and found that patients taking Pradaxa had a 33% higher risk of heart attack or severe symptoms of heart disease than do patients taking Warafin.
If you have had significant bleeding or Pradaxa heart side effects, call Joseph F. Archer today for a free consultation. Joseph F. Archer is a litigation, or “court room” attorney with over 300 verdicts under his belt. He believes that when a person has been injured from negligence or fraud they deserve to be compensated for that injury.