Going to the doctor, you trust that the medication you receive will help improve your health and wellness. Sadly, that is not the case for many patients who took Xarelto or Pradaxa. Too many of these patients were hospitalized for severe bleeding or a stroke, and some of these victims have paid for it with their life.
Basics of the Drugs
Xarelto and Pradaxa are prescription blood-thinners. These were considered to be an upgraded version of warfarin, and manufacturers of the drug believe that patients had decreased stroke risks. Unfortunately, however, patients were subject to strokes and other serious medical conditions, which is why the manufacturer has already settled over 4,000 lawsuits for $650 million.
Together, Pradaxa and Xarelto are some of the most prominently prescribed anticoagulants on the market today. The FDA approved Xarelto for patients who had undergone surgery for knee or hip replacement in an effort to help reduce the risks of blood clots. It was later approved in a fast-track regulatory approval process for treating patients with deep vein thrombosis.
After Pradaxa was on the market for just one year, it had significantly impacted the market share previously held by the blood thinner warfarin. Pradaxa was designed to limit the side efforts associated with past medications, and just 12 months after it hit the shelves, 16 percent of patients with atrial fibrillation were taking it. In this same one year period, however, the drug was believed to have caused 500 deaths. Between 2010 and 2012, more than 3.5 million Americans had filled a prescription for Pradaxa.
Some of the side effects reported by patients taking Xarelto or Pradaxa include:
- Rectal bleeding
- Internal bleeding
- Blood clots
- Intestinal bleeding
- Brain hemorrhaging
- Stomach pain
- Heart attack
Unfortunately, with one of the biggest risks associated with these drugs being uncontrolled bleeding, it is important to note that there is no guaranteed treatment for such a problem.
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What to Do If You’re Suffering
Are you experiencing sudden symptoms like those listed above? The first thing you need to do is consult with your medical professional about whether you should stay on Xarelto or Pradaxa. Your doctor may determine that you have already sustained serious injuries by taking one of these drugs and may recommend you stop using it immediately. This does not rectify the pain and suffering you have already endured, though. After speaking with your medical professional, it’s a good plan to set up a consultation with an experienced law firm to help you navigate filing a product liability lawsuit.
No patient should have to suffer because of a dangerous medication that causes more harm than good. This is the premise of why we help Xarelto or Pradaxa patients who want to fight for compensation. When you are looking for the right fit for your needs, it’s important to identify both experience and compassion. The Goldwater Law firm knows how frustrating it can be to discover that your medicine is making you sick. After consulting with your doctor, you should immediately schedule a meeting with a law firm to discuss your options. You may be entitled to compensation like that which has already been provided to thousands of Xarelto and Pradaxa patients- do not wait to find out if you qualify.
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