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Pradaxa is a medication used to help prevent strokes, and for many patients, it has had substantially positive effects for their health and well-being. However, it has recently come to be linked to serious, life-threatening health complications which may make its use for some patients more dangerous than beneficial. In fact, hundreds of deaths have been attributed to the use of Pradaxa. As a result, many users of this medication have begun to pursue lawsuits against the manufacturers of Pradaxa in order to recover the costs of medical treatment and other consequences which they may have had to face as a result.

Pradaxa Side Effects

The side effects of Pradaxa can all have extraordinarily devastating consequences for users and their families. At the National Injury Law Center, our experienced team of attorneys appreciates just how much of an impact these consequences can have on the lives of Pradaxa users, and we do whatever we can to help support the victims of Pradaxa side effects in pursuing legal action to address the damages they have suffered.

We are fully prepared to provide our knowledgeable, experienced representation for those dealing with side effects of Pradaxa, including:

  • Gastrointestinal bleeding
  • Heart attacks
  • Brain hemorrhaging
  • Wrongful death

Pradaxa users and their families shouldn’t have to face the consequences of these and other side effects of the drug on their own.

Pradaxa Active Ingredients

The active ingredient in Pradaxa is a chemical compound known as dabigatran extexilate mesylate. A yellow white powder, the drug acts as an anticoagulant, helping to reduce the likelihood of strokes and other negative medical events. In addition, Pradaxa capsules contain a number of inactive ingredients, including the following:

  • acacia
  • dimethicone
  • hypromellose
  • hydroxypropyl cellulose
  • talc
  • tartaric acid

In addition, the capsule shell is composed of a number of other inactive ingredients to provide the pills with a distinct coloration.

Get Help Today

Pradaxa can have extraordinarily serious effects on patient health. As a result, many Pradaxa users may be entitled to pursue compensation to help them deal with these challenges. However, it is essential that those who have been harmed by Pradaxa use talk to an attorney about their legal rights as soon as possible, as the statute of limitations on pharmaceutical lawsuits may cause Pradaxa victims to lose their legal rights if they wait too long to take action.

The dedicated team of experienced legal professionals at the National Injury Law Center knows how hard it can be for the victims of dangerous pharmaceutical products to deal with the consequences of their medication use on their own. That’s why we are committed to helping those who have suffered harm as a result of Pradaxa side effects with all their legal needs. Contact us today at 888-273-6041 to discuss your options with a knowledgeable member of our legal team.

Pradaxa and the FDA

Pradaxa was first approved for use in the United States by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2010 for the treatment of individuals with abnormal heart rhythms, which can lead to an increased risk of blood clotting. Sales of the drug soon eclipsed more than $1 billion annually, with hundreds of thousands of patients relying on this medication for their health and well-being. However, it has been shown to carry substantial risks to patient safety.

In 2011, the FDA released a safety communication to alert the public to warnings it had received alleging serious bleeding events following the use of Pradaxa, particularly gastrointestinal bleeding and intracranial hemorrhage. A further safety communication in 2012, following an investigation into some of the reports the FDA had received, suggested that, while Pradaxa use was not significantly more dangerous than other anticoagulant medications, it could still pose serious risks to patient health. Additionally, in December of 2012, the agency alerted health professionals that the drug should not be used by patients with mechanical prosthetic heart valves.

History of Pradaxa

Pradaxa was developed by the pharmaceutical company Boehringer Ingelheim as an alternative anticoagulant medication which would be simpler for patients to safely use in comparison to other drugs available on the market. It was approved for use in the United States in 2011 by the FDA, and quickly became an enormously popular medication, with hundreds of thousands of users nationwide.

However, serious health risks associated with the use of Pradaxa quickly became apparent. In fact, as early as 2011, the FDA had already received more than 3,000 reports of serious health events from patients taking Pradaxa, including more than 500 deaths. As a result, the FDA initiated further investigations into the drug’s possibly harmful side effects, ultimately reaching the conclusion that while Pradaxa is statistically as safe as warfarin, its closest competitor, it nonetheless posed serious health risks. Nevertheless, the drug remains on the market.

Contact Us

If you have been the victim of any of the serious potential side effects of Pradaxa use, you may be able to take legal action in order to recover compensation for what you’ve been through. The lawyers at the National Injury Law Center are fully prepared to help you fight for your rights in this difficult situation. Contact us today by calling 888-273-6041 to speak with a knowledgeable legal professional about your rights and options in this trying time.

Pradaxa is a medication used to help prevent strokes, and for many patients, it has had substantially positive effects for their health and well-being. However, it has recently come to be linked to serious, life-threatening health complications which may make its use for some patients more dangerous than beneficial. In fact, hundreds of deaths have been attributed to the use of Pradaxa. As a result, many users of this medication have begun to pursue lawsuits against the manufacturers of Pradaxa in order to recover the costs of medical treatment and other consequences which they may have had to face as a result.