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Do You Recognize the 5 Early Warning Signs of Blood Thinners Gone Wrong?
Blood thinner is a colloquial term for “anticoagulant.”
Break down the word and you get: “Anti,” as in against, and “coagulant,” as in blood clotting. Meaning anticoagulants are all about stopping blood clotting from happening, and more often than not, anticoagulants do this via increasing blood flow.
When our blood thinner lawyers talk about the risks that may come with uncontrolled bleeding, we’re not talking about uncontrolled bleeding as an end-game result. Instead, once uncontrolled bleeding begins, either internally or externally, you may be looking at just the beginning of a long list of health complications that could occur.
The best bet you have to stay safe while on blood thinners is to be aware of this major associated complication (uncontrolled bleeding) that may occur with taking blood thinners like Xarelto and Pradaxa. When you are aware that uncontrolled bleeding may occur, you’re in a better position to be able to identify the associated side effect as quickly as possible, helping you get the treatment that you might require.
Here are the top 5 early warning signs of uncontrolled bleeding.
We suggest you save the list so you can refer to it in case of an emergency.
Warning Sign #1: Unexplained purple-colored bruises that continue to grow in size instead of heal.
Warning Sign #2: Coughing or vomiting up dried blood or red-colored liquid.
Warning Sign #3: Pink or brown-colored urine.
Warning Sign #4: Red or black-colored stools that resemble tar.
Warning Sign #5: Bleeding from the gums that will not stop or nosebleeds that do not seem to go away.
If you take a blood thinner like Xarelto or Pradaxa and experience any of these potential warning signs for uncontrolled bleeding, it’s important to contact a doctor and seek medical care quickly, as you may be suffering from severe internal or external bleeding. Unfortunately, there is currently no known antidote that will reverse uncontrolled bleeding in patients taking blood thinners like Xarelto or Pradaxa.
In fact, doctors and hospitals may be so unprepared for uncontrolled bleeding caused by blood thinners like Xarelto or Pradaxa that they may have to tell patients and their families that there is nothing that can be done to treat or stop the bleeding.
Over 300 adverse events were reported within just the first three months of Pradaxa’s approval in the U.S. Since then, we’ve seen far too many patients get seriously hurt from blood thinners like Xarelto and Pradaxa.