Pradaxa Side Effects
Patients who use the anticoagulant drug Pradaxa may be at an increased risk of severe and potentially fatal side effects compared to users of similar medications. At least 260 patients have died as a result of severe bleeding that developed while they were taking Pradaxa.
Unlike warfarin (Coumadin) or other anticoagulant drugs, there is no antidote or treatment to reverse the anticoagulant properties of Pradaxa. As a result, minor falls or bumps can lead to severe bleeding and other complications, including cranial hemorrhage. Some patients who developed severe bleeding after using the drug were forced to undergo multiple blood transfusions in order to treat the side effects of Pradaxa.
According to statistics from the Food and Drug Administration’s Adverse Event Reporting System, the agency has received 505 reports of Pradaxa side effects cases involving hemorrhage, more than any other drug in its system. Warfarin, the second ranking drug, was implicated in just 176 hemorrhage cases.
Some of the side effects of Pradaxa which can be an indication of severe bleeding include:
- Unusual bruising
- Nose bleeds
- Pink or brown urine
- Bleeding gums
- Red or black stool
- Heavy period
- Coughing up blood
- Uncontrolled bleeding
In December 2006, the FDA launched an investigation to determine whether the risk of Pradaxa side effects was greater than that of other anticoagulant drugs. Health officials in Europe and Japan have issued Pradaxa warnings about the risk of severe bleeding associated with the drug.
If you or a loved one used Pradaxa and experienced severe bleeding, you may qualify to file a lawsuit concerning your side effects. For a free legal consultation, contact the lawyers at Hissey Kientz, LLP by calling toll-free at 1-866-275-4454, or by filling out the free case evaluation form located on this page.