People who have trouble with blood clots are often prescribed Coumadin to reduce clotting factors that could cause death. Some people, however, cannot take Coumadin. Luckily, or so we thought, there is a safe alternative called Pradaxa. This drug requires less maintenance than other similar drugs, and is supposed to have fewer side effects. However, all is not well in the world of Pradaxa users.
Pradaxa, clinically known as dabigatran, is much more expensive than Coumadin. While Coumadin costs about fifty cents a pill, Pradaxa costs about $8 a pill. However, if the more expensive pill were safer than Coumadin, it would be well worth the risk. However, dabigatran has proven to be less safe than originally thought, even by the FDA when they rushed through approval of the drug.
The problems with Pradaxa were first discovered with elderly patients of 75 years or older. Patients over 75 experienced a 5% increase in major bleeding problems as opposed to 2% problem with people under the age of 75. In addition, there is no reversal agent for Pradaxa as there is with Coumadin. Therefore, if a bleedout occurs with Pradaxa, there is no way to stop it.
Pradaxa does not require constant monitoring as Coumadin does. This is a big plus with many medical groups, but the lack of monitoring has its faults. There is no way to measure the anticoagulation experienced by the patient, other than questioning.
While the FDA has approved Pradaxa for use in the U.S., other countries have not approved its use. That is because there is no antidote for it. They refuse to approve use of a drug that can thin blood without any antidote.
Since its approval in 2010, Pradaxa has been cited in the cause of over 500 deaths. Most of them are due to hemorrhage. Other patients have experienced liver damage and heart attack due to Pradaxa. The uncontrolled bleeding can also damage the brain and the central nervous system.
The side effects of Pradaxa are actually quite mild, causing many people to feel safe. However, complications include unusual bruising, coughing up blood, vomit that resembles coffee grounds, swelling of the joints, and urine that is either pink or brown, indicating the presence of blood.
The first thing you should do if you experience any of these side effects is to call your doctor and stop taking the medicine. Then, you need to contact a Pradaxa lawsuit attorney to investigate the situation. He needs to determine if you have been prescribed and treated against your best interests. There are already over 250 lawsuits in U.S. federal court, alone, due to deaths and disabilities caused by this drug. In fact, it is expected that there will be thousands of lawsuits concerning this drug.
If you have been prescribed Pradaxa, or were prescribed it in the past and experienced adverse reactions, contact a Pradaxa lawsuit attorney right away.