As trusted blood thinner defective drug attorneys, we know that the recent controversy surrounding Dabigatran has got many patients wondering if they should discontinue taking the medication. While this is a matter for you and your doctor to discuss, you should be aware that there is considerable risk involved when taking Dabigatran.
How much risk? At least two federal agencies have reported staggering numbers of injuries for Dabigatran patients. The US Food and Drug Administration saw 3,781 reports of adverse effects in 2011, more than any other drug on the market. Similarly, the Institute for Safe Medication Practices announced that there were 542 Dabigatran deaths in 2011—again, more than any other drug.
Patients should also be aware that there are many factors that can increase the chances of suffering internal bleeding, heart complications or death as a result of taking this blood thinner. Your doctor should reconsider prescribing this drug to patients who:
- Are 75 years old or older
- Are suffering from renal failure or other kidney problems
- Have had chronic stomach ulcers or recent intestinal bleeding
- Take a daily dose of aspirin (or medications with aspirin in them)
- Regularly use non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
- Are already taking a blood-thinning medication, such as warfarin or heparin
- Take any other medicines that are known to increase the risk of bleeding (such as clopidogrel or prasugrel)
- Take dronedarone or ketoconazole tablets and also suffer from kidney problems
Just as you should always consult your doctor before making any health decisions, you should consult a trusted attorney before taking legal action. If you’re considering pursuing a blood thinner drug injury case in Kentucky, call Gray and White today at (800) 634-8767 to begin your FREE consultation.