Hematolic Side Effects of Pradaxa

Severe bleeding events with potential for serious complications

The risk of bleeding events has long been recognized during any course of treatment involving an anticoagulant. What has raised red flags with medical professionals and government regulators is that these bleeding events appear more widespread for patients treated with Pradaxa than those treated with a comparable drug such as Warfarin. What’s more, these events appear to be more serious when they do occur and more likely to lead to serious complications. The Chicago drug attorneys of the Phillips Law Offices have monitored these developments closely and stand ready to help those who suffered bleeding complications while treating with Pradaxa.

Intraocular hemorrhage

Intraocular hemorrhage — the internal bleeding of the eyes — is a serious and frightening condition. Blood from the capillaries in the eye can enter the various fluid-filled spaces within, causing eye pain and redness, blurred vision, light sensitivity, vision impairment and even blindness in serious cases.

Intracranial hemorrhage

Intracranial bleeding is among the most serious Pradaxa side effects. Men and women taking the drug can suffer major complications, permanent disability and even death. Brain hemorrhages, including hemorrhagic stroke, subarachnoid and subdural bleeds can cause cognitive difficulties and can be deadly if not quickly diagnosed and treated. Hemorrhages can occur within the brain itself in the form of a stroke — ironically one of the very conditions Pradaxa was intended to avoid. It can also occur in the tissues surrounding the brain such as the subarachnoid space. While usually the result of a head injury, subdural hematoma — an extremely dangerous bleed during which the brain rapidly fills with blood ¾ can be more likely for patients taking anticoagulants.

Muscle and body hemorrhage

The bleeding issues associated with anticoagulants can occur in numerous organs of the body. Patients taking Pradaxa or other anticoagulants should remain vigilant for the symptoms associated with various types of internal bleeding and should report these symptoms to a doctor immediately.

Compartment syndrome is a dangerous and painful increase in the internal pressure of a muscle. It can occur when blood flow is reestablished after being cut off for an extended period. It can also be caused by severe bruises or intramuscular bleeding that allows large amounts of blood to enter the muscle compartment. Pradaxa may also cause other bleeding issues, including bleeds into the abdominal cavity and retroperitoneal space. This type of bleeding can adversely affect organs in those areas, including the kidneys, bladder and gastrointestinal tract. Bleeding issues can also occur in the tissues surrounding the heart — called pericardial bleeding — or from the arteries themselves. In addition to these Pradaxa side effects, women can experience unusual menstrual bleeding while taking the drug. While a Pradaxa recall has not yet taken place, reports of complications continue to surface and the FDA inquiry is ongoing.

We are Illinois attorneys who understand Pradaxa bleeding issues

The Phillips Law Offices has had marked success in pharmaceutical litigation and is prepared to represent patients who have experienced bleeding issues while taking Pradaxa. Call us today at (312) 346-4262 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation with a knowledgeable attorney. You can count on us to be by your side throughout the course of your pharmaceutical liability case.