The most serious side effect associated with Pradaxa is internal bleeding, particularly gastrointestinal bleeding, brain bleeding, and severe rectal bleeding. Uncontrolled bleeding is a common risk among anticoagulants.
Side effects associated with Pradaxa include:
- Unusual/easy bruising
- Easy/continuous bleeding
- Pink or brown urine
- Frequent nose bleeds
- Bleeding gums
- Coughing up blood
- Swelling or joint pain
The main focus of lawsuits in regards to Pradaxa involves internal and gastrointestinal bleeding. Internal bleeds may occur from as little as one dose, including in the brain and gastrointestinal tracts. In instances of internal bleeding, bodily cavities and spaces fill with blood from the vascular system. When this occurs near a major organ, blood flow may be interrupted having dire consequences in terms of the organ’s proper functioning.
As of 2010, the FDA has received over 4,000 reports of adverse effects and more than 500 deaths among those who have used the drug. An analysis from the Institute for Safe Medication Practices found that uncontrollable bleeding due to Pradaxa was about 5 times more likely than warfarin to result in death.
If you have been affected by any of these side effects, or if someone you know has died in association with treatment by Pradaxa, please contact us right away. You can fill out a free case evaluation form, or call us for a free consultation.