Manufactured by Boehringer Ingelheim, Pradaxa® is an anticoagulant medication, designed to prevent strokes in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF). Atrial fibrillation is a type of irregular heartbeat that occurs often in the elderly.
Pradaxa® was approved as an alternative to Coumadin® (warfarin), which has been on the market for many years.
Pradaxa® and Internal Bleeding
Like warfarin, Pradaxa® is known to increase the risk for internal bleeding events. However, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently announced that it is evaluating post-marketing reports of bleeding events in patients taking Pradaxa® to determine whether the drug is causing more complications than expected.
As of November 2011, Pradaxa® had been linked to 260 deaths from bleeding events, according to reports. Patients taking Pradaxa® should be aware of the possible risk of internal bleeding and should reports any signs or symptoms of bleeding such as:
- coughing up blood
- unexplained bleeding from the gums
- frequent nose bleeds
- pink or brown urine
- dark, tar-like stools
- vomit that looks like coffee grounds
Pradaxa® and Heart Attack
Boehringer Ingelheim’s anticoagulant drug has also been linked to an increase in the risk of heart attack and serious heart disease symptoms, according to Cleveland Clinic researchers. According to the researchers, Pradaxa® puts patients at a 33 percent higher risk for heart attack and heart disease symptoms.
Symptoms of heart attack include:
- pain or discomfort in the center of the chest
- tightness or heaviness in the chest
- discomfort in the left shoulder, arms, back, neck, stomach or jaw
- heartburn-like sensation
- nausea or vomiting
- severe weakness, dizziness, lightheadedness
- irregular heartbeats
Women sometimes experience different heart attack symptoms than men. In some cases, women may experience symptoms before having a heart attack such as pain in the jaw, back or neck pain, shoulder pain, unusual fatigue that lasts several days and lightheadedness.
Contact a Pradaxa® Injury Lawyer
If you or someone you love has suffered a serious bleeding event or heart attack after being treated with Pradaxa®, you should consult a Pradaxa® attorney about the possibility of seeking defective drug compensation for your injuries and loss.
The attorneys at Aylstock, Witkin, Kreis & Overholtz are available to investigate potential Pradaxa® lawsuits on behalf of patients who have suffered serious bleeding events or heart problems after being treated with Pradaxa®. For more information, call 1-(844) 794-7402 (2956) or send us an email and someone from our office will be in touch will you shortly.