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Pradaxa Lawsuit


Pradaxa (dabigatran etexilate mesylate) is a prescription drug which acts as a blood thinner, medically known as a direct thrombin inhibitor. The FDA approved Pradaxa for medical use on October 29, 2010. It was found useful in reducing the risk of blood clot and stroke, especially in patients who suffer from atrial fibrillation. Pradaxa is prescribed in place of other popular anticoagulants like Warfarin, also known as Coumadin, which has been used more commonly in the United States.

How is Pradaxa different?

Pradaxa and Warfarin work differently to reduce the risk of stroke related to atrial fibrillation. Pradaxa, as a direct thrombin inhibitor, prevents clots from forming, by reducing thrombin, which is the primary clotting agent in the body. Coumadin, however reduces the body's use of Vitmain K, which is key to blood clotting. This is significant because the anticlotting effects that Coumadin can have on the blood can be reversed by giving an antidote serum, and additional Vitamin K. There is, however, no known reversal for the blood thinning effect that Pradaxa has on the body.

Side Effects of Pradaxa

The most common side effect with Pradaxa is uncontrolled bleeding. Doctors should carefully test you before prescribing Pradaxa to ensure you have no underlying health conditions which increase your risk factors, and to ensure the dosage is correct.

Symptoms of Pradaxa-related bleeding include lethargy, abnormal bleeding or bruising, pink or brown urine, red or black tarry stool, coughing, vomiting or sneezing blood, ongoing headaches, bleeding gums, weakness in the limbs, joint pain or unexplained swelling, dizziness, and death. Pradaxa has been linked to hundreds of deaths to date.

If you or a loved one has suffered side effects or death from Pradaxa use, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact the Mass Injury Firm today at (866) 995-6663.

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