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Fort Myers Pradaxa Lawyer

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Among medical professionals worldwide, the use of Pradaxa is becoming more and more widely utilized for the treatment of patients suffering from atrial fibrillation, as well as those who present risk factors of stroke. Acting as an oral anticoagulant, the blood thinner is used to prevent the formation of blood clots and treat other similar symptoms. Primarily, Pradaxa is used as an alternative form of medication for the more standardized use of warfarin.

The Risk of Internal Bleeding

For some, the use of Pradaxa has presented overwhelmingly positive effects; however, it is still used only an alternative to the preferred blood thinner, warfarin, and a closer look at the drug easily explains why. Currently, a specific way to reverse the anticoagulant effects of Pradaxa in cases of major bleeding does not exist.

This is a problem that has become increasingly more present as more and more patients are being prescribed the medication. Patients over the age of 75 are particularly at risk, because higher rates of GI bleeding have been found among users of Pradaxa in this age group; however, people of all ages are at risk when taking the Pradaxa drug.

Studies indicate that more than one in ten patients experience bleeding as a side effect of taking the prescription medication. Of particular concern is the internal bleeding that can result from the use of Pradaxa.

Serious internal bleeding and / or hemorrhaging have been suffered by Pradaxa users whose symptoms were not diagnosed earlier enough in their treatment – an error that can often be fatal. It is this type of oversight that makes use of the drug that much more dangerous. If your medical condition has worsened as a result of using Pradaxa, we encourage you to immediately contact your doctor. You could be suffering from the side effects of one of the drug's many risks.

Have you experienced negative side effects or sustained an injury while taking Praxada?

Get help from our Fort Myers personal injury attorneys at Pittman Law Firm, P.L. Call now for a free consultation!

How to Recognize Symptoms of Internal Bleeding

At Pittman Law Firm, P.L., we are well aware of the fact that dangerous drugs are frequently prescribed to unknowing patients. In our 20+ years of experience practicing in the field of personal injury law, we have seen a number of victims whose health deteriorated as a result of taking unsafe medication. It is for this reason that we have dedicated a portion of our practice specifically to individuals whose health and wellbeing were adversely affected by Pradaxa use.

In order to help you better understand the conditions which could qualify you to take legal action, our Fort Myers personal injury lawyers have listed common symptoms that can result from taking the Pradaxa drug.

Every condition listed below could be symptomatic of internal bleeding or hemorrhaging caused by the use of Pradaxa:

  • Discolored urine (usually a pink or brown color)
  • Lethargy
  • Joint pain / swelling
  • Unusual bleeding or bruising
  • Discolored, tarry stool
  • Vomit that looks like blood or coffee grounds
  • Coughing up blood
  • Persistent nosebleeds
  • Gum bleeding
  • Dizziness
  • Headaches
  • Swelling of the limbs or extremities

Filing a Lawsuit with the Help of Pittman Law Firm, P.L.

Many doctors are inclined to prescribe Pradaxa to their patients because the drug does not tout the same side effects as its counterpart, warfarin. Specifically, the use of Pradaxa does not generally cause an adverse reaction to most types of food.

This, however, does not temper the fact that no antidote currently exists for the effects of Pradaxa, specifically those of internal bleeding or hemorrhaging. As a result, bleeding in Pradaxa users is often much more deadly than bleeding among patients who are taking warfarin.

Although Pradaxa was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2010, the manufacturer of the drug, Boehringer Ingelheim, has since revealed that hundreds of deaths have resulted from use of the medication.

These deaths, which were recorded between March 2008 and October 2011, were the results of severe internal bleeding that could not be stopped once it began. As recently as January 2012, the FDA mandated that precautionary changes to the drug's labeling be made to acknowledge this risk factor. Unfortunately, this action was too little too late for the many users who have already suffered.

Searching for an attorney for a Praxada injury case in Fort Myers?

At Pittman Law Firm, P.L. our personal injury attorneys are prepared to represent the victims of Pradaxa whose internal bleeding or hemorrhaging resulted in seriously adverse effects to their health. In addition, the services of our firm are extended to family members of those who are grieving the loss of a loved one whose life was claimed after unstoppable internal bleeding caused by Pradaxa.

Experienced in our field of practice, and relentless in our pursuit of compensation, we will do everything in our power to ensure that victims of Pradaxa use are compensated accordingly.

Contact our office today to speak with a Fort Myers Pradaxa attorney.

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