For some new drugs on the market, these risks and side effects may appear to be limited. More often than not, it’s because the drug was just brought to the market, and perhaps approved via the controversial FDA Fast Track approval process. In time, the associated risks and side effects from that specific drug may become more known.
But while blood thinners like Pradaxa and Xarelto may be very new to the market, they have already accumulated a long list of possible side effects — the most serious of which is uncontrolled bleeding.
If you’re on blood thinners or know someone who is considering blood thinner treatment, it’s imperative to know the potential risks. Blood thinners could save your life, and they could also increase your risk for serious injury and even death. It’s up to the pharmaceutical companies themselves to exercise proper responsibility and care in advising patients about their drug products — but until that day comes, it’s up to all of us to be aware of the possible side effects and risks that come with popular drugs like blood thinners, and to share this information with our networks.
By far, uncontrolled bleeding is the most severe and dangerous risk that may come with taking blood thinners like Pradaxa and Xarelto. You need to be aware of the signs and symptoms of uncontrolled bleeding so you are able to identify bleeding when it is occurring as soon as possible. Calling your doctor and getting immediate care if you are suffering from uncontrolled bleeding is imperative, and could save your life.
The Signs and Symptoms of Uncontrolled Bleeding Include:
- Cuts that will not stop bleeding or purple-colored bruising
- Dizziness or severe fatigue or weakness
- Stomachache, headache or another severe pain that cannot be explained
- Brown or red-colored urine
- Bowel movements that are red or black bowel movements that look like tar
- Vomiting brown or bright red fluid or coughing up anything that appears red-colored
- Bleeding from the gums or nose that won’t seem to stop
- Significantly more menstrual bleeding than usual
If you experience any of the above, you may be experiencing some of the first signs and symptoms of uncontrolled bleeding, and it’s important to immediately contact your doctor or seek medical care. In addition, if you suffer a severe bump on your head or suffer from a serious fall, it’s important to contact your doctor immediately or seek medical care, as you could be suffering from internal bleeding that is not as easy to identify.
If you have already suffered from these symptoms — and the severe, uncontrolled bleeding that comes with them, you may be able to file a blood thinner lawsuit to hold the manufacturers of certain blood thinners accountable when their drug products hurt their patients.