A blood clot is a life-threatening condition that falls under an umbrella the medical community refers to as VTE (venous thromboembolism). VTE’s have two types:
- A Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT), which affects the deep veins of the legs.
- A Pulmonary Embolism (PE), which affects the lungs.
Both conditions are equally life-threatening. A DVT can travel to the brain, where it can lead to a stroke. A PE can travel to the heart, which can cause a heart attack. Both of these conditions lead to permanent consequences, from paralysis to speech problems, memory loss, or death. To prevent these events, doctors prescribe at-risk patients with anticoagulant therapies. Get ahold of a Pradaxa lawyer for an initial legal consultation if you or a loved one have suffered from taking Pradaxa.
Why Would I Be Prescribed Pradaxa?
Pradaxa is an anticoagulant medication that’s prescribed to patients who are at risk for DVTs or PEs. Pradaxa is a popular therapy for a condition called atrial fibrillation (A-Fib), which is a common arrhythmia that causes blood to pool in the atrial chambers of the heart. Pooling blood increases the risk of clots and stroke.
Doctors used to prescribe a drug called Warfarin (Coumadin) to treat patients with A-Fib. Unfortunately, Warfarin requires close monitoring to ensure the blood doesn’t get too thin. When taking Warfarin, patients need to get their blood drawn regularly to make sure their Warfarin dosage isn’t too high. Compliance to these check-ups, however, is fairly low. Pradaxa seems to provide a safer alternative because it doesn’t require the same close monitoring. Pradaxa does come with its own set of risks.
What are the Risks of Taking Pradaxa?
In some ways, taking Pradaxa is riskier than being on another blood thinner like Warfarin. Unlike Warfarin, Heparin, or other more traditional blood thinners, there’s no known antidote to Pradaxa. If you’re injured in an auto accident or sustain trauma, physicians are unable to administer medications that can stop your bleeding. Taking Pradaxa puts you at a greater risk of bleeding out. It also puts you at greater risk for:
- Needing a blood transfusion as the result of a seemingly minor event.
- Hemorrhage in the brain.
- Severe bruising.
- Kidney or liver damage.
Your doctor won’t prescribe Pradaxa if you’re over 75, have kidney problems, or are taking any other medications will interact negatively with Pradaxa. You’ll only be prescribed Pradaxa when your physician feels the benefits outweigh the potential risks.
Even if your doctor seems to think Pradaxa is the safest route for you, he or she could be wrong. When doctors makes an error in judgement that leads to your injury, they may have committed negligence.
When to Discuss Complications with an Attorney
Complications as a result of taking Pradaxa can lead to lifelong consequences so be sure to address these concerns with your doctor. Strokes cause motor impairment, speech impediment, memory loss, and other forms of permanent brain damage. Heart attacks can cut off blood supply to the brain, leading to similar symptoms. Either condition can lead to death. If you or a family member have experienced any of the above symptoms, you may be eligible to make a claim for compensation.
At Roden + Love, LLC our national Pradaxa attorneys specialize in providing resolution to families who have been unnecessarily victimized by dangerous drugs. We believe you should never have to pay the consequences for someone else’s negligence.
To review the specifics of your case, call us to set up a free case evaluation with one of our experienced associates. We’ll listen to your concerns and help you decide on the next steps you should take. Don’t let your suffering or the suffering of a loved one go unnoticed. Please get in touch with us today.