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The recent death of a man due to a brain hemorrhage caused by a minor trauma has underscored the dangers of the blood thinner drug Pradaxa is very alarming as pradaxa is widely prescibed as a blood thinner for seniors
According to a report at MedPageToday.com on a case study conducted by researchers at University of Utah-Salt Lake City, an 83-year-old man’s condition worsened quickly soon after he was admitted to a hospital after suffering a minor fall. Intracranial Bleeding brain had spread quickly to half his brain, taking just six hours.
According to the Journal of Neurosurgery article, also reported on by Reuters (3/7/12), the subject of the case had been taking Pradaxa for one month when he suffered a seemingly harmless ground-level fall in his home. Upon first being admitted to the hospital, the patient was alert and responsive, showing no signs causing alarm. CT scans showed small, minor hemorrhaging in the man's brain.
Two hours after being admitted to the hospital, however, new CT scans showed that the brain hemorrhaging had progressed. Although doctors made efforts to stop the hemorrhaging, the patient fell into a coma and died.
Researchers concluded, "Imbalance and falls are common in this [elderly] population, and intracranial hemorrhage resulting from even minor trauma may occur with increasing frequency as use of this drug becomes more widespread," (3/6/12). They further noted that there is no way to reverse the effects of Pradaxa in emergency situations, putting patients who suffer relatively minor falls at risk of serious consequences.
Pradaxa has no antidote and can be harmful to a senior population prone to falls. What makes matters worse is that a brain beed has symptoms akin to dementia.
Pradaxa® Internal Bleeding
In November of 2011, a European counterpart to the FDA cited over 250 cases of fatal internal bleeding linked to Pradaxa® (a differently named version of Pradaxa® was on the market in Europe before it was released in the U.S.). The FDA has also received reports of Pradaxa®-associated internal bleeding here in the U.S.
Signs and symptoms of internal bleeding from Pradaxa include:
- Throwing up blood or vomit that looks like coffee grounds,
- Unexplained bleeding or bruising,
- Swelling in the ankles, feet, lower legs, hands and/or arms,
- Excess fatigue,
- Nosebleeds, bleeding from the gums,
- Coughing up blood,
- Dark colored urine,
- Gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding,
- Internal bleeding,
- Kidney bleeds,
- Brain hemorrhaging,
- Cerebral hemorrhage,
Less than a month after European regulators asked doctors to exercise caution about using the Pradaxa bloodthinner, the FDA has decided to investigate post-marketing reports of serious bleeding patients. As of November 6, the European Medicines Agency was aware of 256 cases of serious bleeding that results in patient deaths associated with the Boeheringer Ingelheim bloodthinner.
If you are a caregiver for someone on pradaxa watch them closely and talk to the physician about alternatives. If a loved one has symptoms of internal bleeding and is on pradaxa or you have lost someone due to Pradaxa contact a Pradaxa Lawyer