How Can Pradaxa Cause Strokes?

Ironically, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Pradaxa as a drug for use in patients with irregular heartbeats to prevent strokes and blood clots. Yet, Pradaxa also has side effects that can result in a stroke.

To understand how Pradaxa can do both ― prevent and also cause strokes ― you must understand the physiology of how strokes occur. The Mayo Clinic explains that strokes occur when blood supplies to the brain are interrupted or severely reduced, which deprives brain cells of oxygen and causes them to die. There are two main types of strokes:

  • Ischemic stroke. Ischemic refers to an insufficient blood supply. When an obstruction, such as a blood clot or clogged artery, prevents blood from going to the brain, a stroke can occur. According to the American Heart Association, 87 percent of strokes are ischemic strokes.
  • Hemorrhagic stroke. Hemorrhagic refers to excessive bleeding. When a weakened blood vessel ruptures, it can hemorrhage or bleed into the brain and also cause a stroke. When the blood is thin and a blood vessel ruptures, the blood flows very quickly, creating greater damage than if the bleed out was slower.

A Pradaxa stroke is a hemorrhagic stroke caused by blood thinning. In many cases, physicians are unable to stop a Pradaxa user from bleeding. There is no known substance that prevents Pradaxa from working once the patient takes it, other than dialysis, which involves cleansing the blood of Pradaxa. There may not be time to use this remedy before the patient bleeds out.

If you or a loved one has suffered strokes as a result of Pradaxa, find out how Phillips Law Offices can help you hold the pharmaceutical company accountable and recover compensation.