What is Pradaxa?
Pradaxa (dabigatran) is a blood anticoagulant marketed as an alternative to Warfarin. Anticoagulants like Pradaxa are used by patients with atrial fibrillation to prevent blood clots and strokes. It can also be used to prevent certain post-surgery complications such as venous thromboembolism (VTE) or deep vein thrombosis (DVT). It became popular due to not requiring the same monitoring and tests as warfarin while claiming greater efficiency and reduced side effects.
What are Pradaxa’s serious side effects?
Pradaxa serious side effects including uncontrolled bleeding, liver failure and heart attacks. Each of these side effects can be fatal. The most common was uncontrolled bleeding, which can cause hemorrhages in the central nervous system or the brain. Bleeding in these critical areas of the body can result in injuries similar to the strokes it is prescribed to prevent.
Patients are to contact their health care providers or seek medical attention immediately if they experience these symptoms:
- Easy bruising, or bruising without cause
- Blood in cough
- Blood in urine, or pink/brown urine
- Dark “coffee ground” vomit
- Swelling or join pain
- Headaches or weakness/dizziness
What is dabigatran?
Dabigatran is the generic name for Pradaxa. Pradaxa is the brand name of the same medication. Pradaxa is manufactured by Boehringer Ingelheim.
How does Pradaxa work?
Pradaxa works differently than Warfarin, which works by limiting the ability of vitamin K to assist in the formation of clots. Pradaxa works by inhibiting thrombin proteins, and is therefore a thrombin inhibitor. Since Pradaxa doesn’t work by decreasing vitamin K activity, it cannot be reversed by a shot of vitamin K.
Pradaxa internal bleeding
Pradaxa’s leading cause of death is internal bleeding. Bleeding is a risk with any anti-coagulant, but unlike Warfarin there is no injection (vitamin K) that can reverse the effects. This is true even in a hospital setting. Warfarin reduces the amount of vitamin K available to form clots naturally, which can then be reversed with an injection of the vitamin into the bloodstream. As Pradaxa works by inhibiting a necessary clotting enzyme throbmin, there is no way to reverse the effects until Pradaxa is out of the system.
The result of an anticoagulant that cannot be reversed is any case of normal bleeding, such as the formation of a bruise or bleeding internally from a fall or other accident, the bleeding may continue until the point of severe injury of death.
In 2014 Boehringer settled 4,000 state and federal claims regarding Pradaxa, ultimately agreeing to pay $650 million in settlements regarding the risk of bleeding.
If you or a loved one has taken Pradaxa and suffered a serious complication such as bleeding, heart attack, liver failure or death, Boehringer Ingelheim may be liable due to their failure to warm about the full risks of the medication. Contact Levin Simes Abrams today at 1-888-426-4156 or at [email protected].
What are the side effects of Pradaxa?
Common side effects of Pradaxa include:
- Stomach upset/pain
Serious side effects include:
- Bruising or bleeding
- Blood in cough or vomit
- Blood or pink/brown urine
- Swelling or joint pain
- Weakness or dizziness
What populations are at increased risk from Pradaxa?
You may be at additional risk with Pradaxa if you:
- Have internal bleeding
- Have recent or recurrent stomach bleeding
- Have an ulcer
- Are 75 or older
- Are low weight
What drugs are dangerous to use with Pradaxa?
You may be at additional risk with Pradaxa if you are taking:
- NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-infmallatories)
- Plavix (Clopidogrel bisulfate)
- Effient (Prasugrel)
- Multaq (Dronedarone)
- Nizoral (Ketoconazole)
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