You’ve probably heard that taking Pradaxa in Kentucky can increase your risk of excess bleeding. However, you may not realize just how likely it is that you will suffer bleeding problems. According to a recent study, as many as 16 percent of patients who take Pradaxa have experienced some type of internal bleeding, many of which have caused surgical complications, coma, and death.
Here are just three examples of how a patient may suffer serious side effects of Pradaxa:
- Gastrointestinal bleeding.One 92-year-old patient was prescribed Pradaxa to treat heart arrhythmia. The next day, he was admitted to the hospital with excessive rectal bleeding. The man was suffering from a bleeding gastric ulcer, which the doctors attempted to treat with IV fluids, vitamin K, packed red blood cells, and antibiotics. The doctors were unable to stop the bleeding, and the man died six days later.
- Brain hemorrhage. An elderly man taking Pradaxa in Utah suffered a fall and was admitted to a nearby hospital. The 83-year-old patient had suffered a small brain bleed due to head trauma, but just two hours later his CT scan showed that the bleed was progressing instead of slowing down. The patient fell into a coma and died shortly after.
- Heart problems.A Cleveland Clinic study has shown that Pradaxa might not only make injuries worse, it may also cause them. Investigators compared patients on Pradaxa with patients taking Warfarin, and found that the patients on Pradaxa are 33% more likely to suffer a heart attack.
Unfortunately, there is currently no known agent to reverse the bleeding when a patient on Pradaxa is injured. Although this makes it considerably more likely for a victim to suffer hemorrhage, internal bleeding and death, there is reason to believe that the company who manufacturers the drug, Boehringer Ingelheim, did not properly warn physicians about this complication before the drug was released.
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