Pradaxa is a prescription medication that thins the blood of people who have been diagnosed with atrial fibrillation. This is a heart condition that leads to an irregular heartbeat. Atrial fibrillation is not caused by problems with the valves of the heart. Doctors prescribe Pradaxa to patients in order to reduce the risk of stroke and blood clots. In December of 2011, the Food and Drug Administration issued a warning about Pradaxa in response to numerous complaints it had received about its serious side effects. Major side effects of Pradaxa include:
- Bleeding gums
- Frequent nosebleeds
- Heavier than normal menstrual flow
- Discolored urine
- Discolored or tarry stools
- Coughing up blood
- Vomiting blood or producing vomit that looks like coffee grounds
- Unknown bruises
If you were prescribed Pradaxa by your doctor and he or she failed to warn you about the potential dangers, you may be eligible to file a medical malpractice lawsuit. Since the official FDA warning, people have come forward to sue the manufacturer of Pradaxa for defective drug design and insufficient drug warnings. However, there are no pending class action lawsuits at this time.
Phillips Law Office has helped victims of medical malpractice for more than 65 years, including victims of pharmaceutical injuries. Although our office is located in Chicago, we are available to help clients across the country. Despite the fact that medical malpractice claims 98,000 lives per year and injures more than a million people, proving a claim can be difficult. The medical product liability attorneys at Phillips Law Office are dedicated to obtaining fair compensation for those who have suffered due to a medical or pharmaceutical error. We are available now to evaluate your case at no cost to you.