Pradaxa, which is also known by the generic name dabigatran, is used to treat and prevent blood clots in patients. Doing so effectively can potentially reduce the risk of stroke. Although patients taking this medication typically expect that it will help to improve their health, the unfortunate reality is that for some patients, it has done the opposite. In fact, if you’ve had a severe Pradaxa reaction or side effect, you may currently be pursuing a Pradaxa lawsuit.
According to the Food and Drug Administration, common side effects of Pradaxa include stomach pain or upset stomach, as well as indigestion. This can often be expected with several types of medications. However, Pradaxa has also been reported to cause more serious side effects, including:
- Feeling faint or dizzy
- Chest pain
- Chest tightness
- Difficulties breathing
- Face and/or tongue swelling
Because it works at preventing blood clots, one of the biggest risks of using Pradaxa is that it can cause bleeding. This could mean bleeding from usual areas, bleeding excessive amounts, or for a prolonged period of time. Patients may cough up or vomit blood, which can cause dizziness, pain, and feelings of weakness.
Some people should not take Pradaxa, as they may have a more increased risk of developing severe complications. While it is important for patients to be aware of the risks involved, their physicians should always do a complete medical assessment before prescribing Pradaxa, and they should also take their medical history into consideration before making the decision to prescribe Pradaxa. Medical professionals should carefully weigh the pros and cons of prescribing Pradaxa to patients who are nursing, pregnant, have kidney problems, issues with bleeding, stomach ulcers, or any serious medical condition. Additionally, if patients plan on undergoing any type of surgery, it is important to inform their medical team that they are taking Pradaxa.
Patients may also be at an increased risk of bleeding from using Pradaxa if they are older than 75-years-old, have artificial heart valves, as well as take certain medications. Aspirin, medications containing heparin, warfarin sodium, and other medications may potentially interact with Pradaxa. Be sure to give your doctor a complete list of all medications you’re taking to ensure you’re not taking a drug that could potentially have an adverse reaction when taken with Pradaxa.
Certain types of procedures can also cause adverse reactions from Pradaxa. For example, while all patients about to get any type of surgery should always inform their medical team that they are taking Pradaxa, it is especially crucial for anyone getting epidurals to be aware of the risks. Getting any type of medication inserted into the spine while taking Pradaxa is at risk of developing a spinal or epidural blood clot, which can result in permanent paralysis.
A stroke causes sudden interruption to the brain’s supply, which can result in significant complications, including death. As such, if a patient is at a high risk of having a stroke and is a good candidate for a blood thinner, it is up to their physician to carefully consider the pros and cons of prescribing a drug like Pradaxa. On the one hand, a stroke can be very serious, but the risks of Pradaxa can be serious as well. Every patient is unique and their risk factors will vary; patients trust their doctors make the right choices when deciding what medications they should take. If Pradaxa was prescribed to you or a loved one, it was likely deemed that not taking it was riskier.
In some situations, however, there may have been cases where a medical professional did not fully consider a patient’s complete medical history before prescribing Pradaxa. There may have been significant risk factors that were overlooked or medication interactions that were ignored. Depending on the specific details of your situation, if a medical professional’s negligence resulted in a harmful interaction from taking Pradaxa, you may be working with an attorney on a medical malpractice lawsuit.
When it comes to Pradaxa, there have also been thousands of reported lawsuits pursuing product liability claims, and taking legal action against the drug manufacturer directly. When it comes to defective drugs, especially those that were presented as safe to take, many people have successfully recovered monetary compensation in product liability lawsuits.
If you or a loved one was harmed due to Pradaxa, your attorney will likely help determine who may be found liable in your case and what course of action to take. In fact, your attorney will fight for the justice you deserve. Unfortunately, the timeline of a lawsuit of this nature can be difficult to pinpoint. At USClaims, we can help you get money sooner as you wait for your Pradaxa lawsuit to finalize. Contact USClaims today to learn more about our pre-settlement funding services and to find out if your case qualifies.