Pradaxa (dabigatran etexilate mesylate) is an anticoagulant medication, or blood thinner. Blood thinners are commonly used by patients who are at a high risk for stroke or blood clots. Pradaxa is a very popular drug. Since the drug was approved by the FDA on October 29, 2010, approximately 1.1 million Pradaxa prescriptions were dispensed and approximately 371,000 patients received Pradaxa prescriptions from retail pharmacies – as of August 2011. (www.fda.gov*)
However, in December of 2011, the FDA made a safety announcement regarding the use of Pradaxa, due to reports that patients were suffering internal bleeding and hemorrhaging. The FDA is currently evaluating these reports and determining the frequency of these incidents. This is the first step toward a possible recall.
What is so potentially dangerous about Pradaxa is that once internal bleeding ensues, there is no simple immediate solution. This is in contrast to the common blood thinner, Warfarin. In the case of Warfarin, if a patient starts to bleeding internally or hemorrhage, Vitamin K can be administered. If you or a loved one has suffered injury or death due to the adverse side effects of Pradaxa, you may have a lawsuit.
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Potential adverse side effects of Pradaxa include internal bleeding, internal hemorrhaging and gastrointestinal bleeding. It is important to contact a doctor as soon as possible, if you or your loved one is experiencing any of the following symptoms in conjunction with the use of Pradaxa:
- "Unusual bleeding from the gums
- Nose bleeding that happens often
- Menstrual or vaginal bleeding that is heavier than normal
- Bleeding that is severe or you cannot control
- Pink or brown urine
- Red or black stools (looks like tar)
- Bruises that happen without a known cause or that get larger
- Coughing up blood or blood clots
- Vomiting blood or vomit that looks like coffee grounds" (www.fda.gov)
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*FDA Source: "SDI, Vector One: National (VONA) and Total Patient Tracker (TPT). October 2010 to August 2011. Extracted October 2011."