Pradaxa Lawsuits: Uncontrollable Bleeding
Commonly asked questions about Pradaxa (dabigatran etexilate):
- What is Pradaxa?
- Does Pradaxa Cause Excessive Bleeding?
- What are Signs of Excessive Bleeding Caused by Pradaxa?
- Who is at Risk for Excessive Bleeding Caused by Pradaxa?
- What are the Criteria for Filing a Pradaxa Lawsuit?
- Can I File a Pradaxa Excessive Bleeding Lawsuit?
- Our No-Fee Promise on Pradaxa Excessive Bleeding Cases
- How Do I Start a Pradaxa Claim?
What is Pradaxa?
Pradaxa is in a class of anticoagulant, or blood thinner, medications called direct thrombin inhibitors. Direct thrombin inhibitors, like Pradaxa, work by attaching to clotting agents in the blood and thereby reducing their ability to clot.
Manufactured by Boehringer Ingelheim, Pradaxa is used to help prevent strokes or serious blood clots in people who have atrial fibrillation without heart valve disease. Atrial fibrillation is a condition in which the heart beats irregularly, increasing the chance of blood clots forming and possibly causing strokes.
Pradaxa was marketed as a replacement to older blood thinners like warfarin. All blood thinners carry a risk of causing excessive bleeding, but the risk appears to be heightened with Pradaxa. On top of that, Pradaxa does not require monthly blood tests and has no known counteracting drug, unlike other blood thinners.
Between October 2010 and August 2011, approximately 1.1 million prescriptions for Pradaxa were administered by U.S. pharmacies.
Does Pradaxa Cause Excessive Bleeding?
Pradaxa was approved by the FDA and launched in the U.S. in 2010. By 2011, Boehringer Ingelheim was forced to adjust the drug’s label and issue a warning for potentially fatal bleeding in Japan, New Zealand, and Europe.
Soon after, the FDA began investigating reports on Pradaxa as bleed-related deaths continued to mount at a rate significantly greater than other blood thinners.
Boehringer Ingelheim reported 260 fatal bleeding events related to Pradaxa between March 2008 and October 2011.
What are Signs of Excessive Bleeding Caused by Pradaxa?
Certain physical symptoms may appear if your Pradaxa medication has caused internal or excessive bleeding to occur. These symptoms include:
- Coughing up blood
- Vomiting blood
- Unusual bleeding from the gums
- Frequent nose bleeds
- Bruises that happen or grow larger without a known cause
- Heavy menstrual bleeding
- Pink or brown urine
- Red or black stools
If you are taking Pradaxa and experience any of these symptoms, contact your doctor immediately. Excessive bleeding from Pradaxa can be difficult to control, so it is essential to receive prompt medical attention.
Who is at Risk for Excessive Bleeding Caused by Pradaxa?
Although the risk for bleeding is present for any blood thinner taken by any person, certain patients may be at a higher risk while taking Pradaxa. These patients who should be especially cautious include those who:
- Are 75 years of age or older
- Have existing kidney problems
- Have stomach bleeding or an ulcer
- Are taking other drugs that also increase the risk of bleeding, including:
- Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (nsaids)
- Other blood thinners
What are the Criteria for Filing a Pradaxa Lawsuit?
If you were harmed by taking Pradaxa, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. In order to file a Pradaxa lawsuit, the following criteria must be met:
- Must have taken the Pradaxa drug brand. Generic versions do not meet the criteria for a lawsuit.
- Suffered from one or more of the following complications while taking Pradaxa:
- Internal bleeding
- Excessive bleeding
- Injury from passing out/falling
- Hemorrhagic stroke (cerebral hemorrhage)
Can I File a Pradaxa Excessive Bleeding Lawsuit?
Our dangerous drug lawyers can help if you or someone you care about experienced excessive or uncontrollable bleeding as a result of taking Pradaxa. Lawsuits have been filed against the drug manufacturer for failure to adequately warn patients about the bleeding risks.
Boehringer Ingelheim has a responsibility that its products are safe and effective for patients. The company knew that the drug carried a high risk of causing potentially fatal bleeding, but they neglected to communicate this risk to individuals. This could make the company liable for their patients’ injuries.
You may be entitled to compensation. Settlements in Pradaxa lawsuits include compensation for pain and suffering, medical bills, and other damages.
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How Do I Start A Pradaxa Excessive Bleeding Claim?
Our lawyers will help you file your lawsuit. To get started, you can:
- Submit the Free Case Review Box on this page, or
- Call (866) 280-3417 any time of day to tell us about your case.
We will listen to your story and answer your questions. If you have claim, we will start immediately.
WARNING: There are strict time deadlines for filing Pradaxa excessive bleeding lawsuit claims.