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Study Finds Pradaxa Side Effects 13x More Prevalent than Coumadin (warfarin)
By Scott Hardy
A new study shows that patients taking Pradaxa are 13 times more likely to have severe complications compared to those taking the blood thinner drug Coumadin (warfarin.) The new study was announced at the 2012 Thrombosis and Hemostasis Summit of North America. What was left unsaid at the conference was how the new study would affect new Pradaxa internal bleeding and hemorrhage class action lawsuits and personal injury lawsuits.
Internal bleeding is a serious and severe side effect of Pradaxa. Hemorrhage as a side effect of Pradaxa is gaining more attention as hundreds of lawsuits are filed across the country alleging that patients should have been warned of the risk of taking Pradaxa prior to being hospitalized, or in some cases dying, while taking Pradaxa. The new study inspected the health risks of alternative blood thinners like Pradaxa. The study found that doctors are removing patients from Pradaxa more often and earlier than Coumadin (warfarin) due to sometimes severe side effects and complication during their treatment.
This study involved more than 2,200 patients taking oral blood thinners like Coumadin (warfarin) and Pradaxa. The rate of Pradaxa patients experiencing severe side effects like hemorrhage, heart attack, deep vein thrombosis, internal bleeding, gastrointestinal problems and sometimes even death was 11.5% compared to only .88% of patients on Coumadin (warfarin.) Wrongful death lawsuits have already been filed against Boehringer Ingelheim alleging that they were aware of the risks of internal bleeding and death from taking Pradaxa but haven't done enough to warn patients taking the drug.
Many Pradaxa internal bleeding or hemorrhage lawsuits state that Boehringer Ingelheim "did not adequately inform consumers and the prescribing medical community about the risks of uncontrollable bleeds associated with Pradaxa usage, nor did [Boehringer] warn or otherwise advise on how to intervene and stabilize a patient should a bleed occur." If you took Pradaxa and experienced any signs of internal bleeding you should contact your doctor immediately. Pradaxa users may be experiencing internal bleeding if they have pink or brown urine, red or black stools, bruises that happen without a known cause and may get larger, if they are coughing up blood or blood clots and/or vomiting blood or their vomit includes particles that look like coffee grounds. If you or a family member are taking, or were taking Pradaxa or a blood thinner medication, and experienced internal bleeding or hemorrhage you may be able to file a lawsuit to help you pay for your expenses, pain and suffering, and recovery.
If you would like more information about filing a Pradaxa internal bleeding class action lawsuit, would like to speak with experienced Pradaxa lawyers who are actively filing internal bleeding cases or file a Pradaxa internal bleeding personal injury lawsuit just go to the Pradaxa Internal Bleeding Class Action Lawsuit Investigation page. Pradaxa attorneys are actively investigating all claims regarding internal bleeding, hemorrhage and other problems which may have been caused by Pradaxa or warfarin. Remember, the Pradaxa lawyers who work with Top Class Actions will tell you if you have a case for free. There's never any charge for an initial consultation with an attorney you find at Top Class Actions.
Updated May 15th, 2012
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